Together, we help diverse groups across the state unite and speak with one voice, working collectively to effect change.
While our direct work is providing housing, we are deeply dedicated to advocating for equity.
CHOM initiated and coordinates the Maine Coalition for Housing and Quality Services, a parent-led 4,000-member advocacy organization for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities. The Coalition has developed a lifelong continuum of care for populations with intellectual/developmental disabilities - a continuum of care that has been widely accepted, codified, and is in the process of being implemented - among other initiatives.
CHOM staff actively participate in and play leadership roles in the Statewide Homeless Council, Regions I, II, and III Homeless Councils, the Maine Continuum of Care (MCOC), the Emergency Shelter Assessment Committee (ESAC), the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition (MAHC), and the Maine Developmental Services Oversight and Advisory Board, among other groups.
CHOM plays an active role in researching and disseminating information about Federal, State, and local legislation and policy initiatives. CHOM plays an integral role in assisting groups, coalitions, and organizations in taking action to support policies, legislation, and initiatives pivotal to the successful community inclusion of vulnerable populations.
All of CHOM's work is rooted in vigorous advocacy, working to ensure that everyone is included as part of the community. This is done through local, municipal, State, and Federal collective, grassroots advocacy efforts designed to ensure that people have access to the resources needed to live and thrive.
CHOM has established collaborative relationships with advocates in Maine, who all work together to effect positive, lasting change for vulnerable populations.
CHOM created and currently chairs the Maine Homeless Policy Committee, a joint standing committee of the Statewide Homeless Council and the Maine Continuum of Care. This committee is comprised of steadfast advocates across Maine working on policy initiatives to end and prevent homelessness.
Importantly, through this work CHOM has cultivated strong relationships with Maine Legislators and Members of Congress to see that vulnerable populations in Maine are at the forefront of policy decisions and resource allocation at all levels of government.
TRUSTED SOURCE FOR INFORMATION
CHOM compiles & disseminates Federal and State Legislation updates with great frequency, which are reviewed monthly at Statewide Homeless Council, Regions I, II, and III Homeless Council, MCOC, and ESAC meetings.
CATALYST FOR COLLECTIVE ACTION
CHOM collaborates with advocates across Maine to ensure our voices are heard at all levels of government. CHOM plays an integral role in assisting groups, coalitions, and organizations in taking action to support policies, legislation, and initiatives pivotal to the successful community inclusion of vulnerable populations. CHOM assists these groups with regularity in drafting correspondence speaking to the efficacy of policy initiatives that would assist vulnerable Mainers.
EXPERTISE ON ENDING HOMELESSNESS
CHOM staff are routinely invited to provide their expertise on the ways in which communities can work towards ending and preventing homelessness in various venues. CHOM is called upon frequently to present on its expertise both locally and nationally.
IMPROVE HEALTH & WELLNESS
Housing is a key social determinant of health.
Families adequately supported and brought together create a reduction in state custody and foster care costs
Smart policies create system-wide cost savings in emergency services, shelter, and healthcare costs
EQUITY & INCLUSION
Everyone deserves to be part of their community.
INCREASE SELF ESTEEM & SELF WORTH
People feel secure, healthy, and feel best when they belong, and have a safe and stable place to call home
People thrive when we remove barriers and create access to jobs, social interaction, and education
BE AN ADVOCATE!
At CHOM, we are constantly advocating for critical policy initiatives and legislation that will end homelessness and improve the lives of vulnerable populations.
Find out how you can help.
People always do better when they know that others care about them. Whether it is as part of your organization's volunteer efforts, or just something you feel strongly about, inquire about volunteer opportunities & other ways to help.
CHOM advocates for improved mental health and substance use disorder systems in Maine
An example of this advocacy is an Op-Ed about the ways in which we can work towards a more inclusive system of care