Mission & Vision


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Our Vision:
Helping all of us realize we all have worth and deserve dignity.

Our Mission:
We recognize the worth and dignity of the houseless population.

We help reaffirm the worth and dignity of houseless people through work and community.

We then help the non-houseless people realize the worth and dignity of houseless people by bringing all of us together through work and community.

Ultimately we look to break down all barriers that separate the houseless and the non-houseless. We are all just people.

A Word from Our Executive Director, Sage Lewis:

We have learned a great deal in the nearly 2 years of sheltering a significant percentage of Akron’s homeless in tents. Our greatest discovery is the critical importance of safety, community and a place to call home during the transition time between the street and an affordable apartment. This time can span from 3 weeks to 3 years.  
Our tent village serves a crucial need. In this Cleveland.com article from July 13, 2018, they ask, are there enough shelters and houses for Akron’s homeless? Joe Scalise from Akron’s Home Again rapid rehousing program says, “No. Residents seeking housing vouchers through Akron’s housing authority have about a three-year wait.”
Many homeless are caught in transition between affordable housing and the streets. Even before the possible 3 year wait, homeless must have up to date documentation including a State ID and Social Security Card to even apply for housing. When forced onto the street without documentation, a person will face life on the streets for a minimum of 6 weeks (thanks in part to Ohio requiring IDs now be mailed, which adds another layer of complication).  
As Mr Scalise mentions, once documentation is acquired and applications are filed for housing, wait lists can span from 6 weeks (fast tracked) to 3 years.  The lack of safety during life on the street while actively pursuing houses and a better life is unacceptable and should be deemed a humanitarian crisis. It is unacceptable that any United States citizen — man, woman, child and elderly (many disabled, addicted and ill) — be given no other option than sleeping under a bush or a bridge when they reach the lowest point in their lives.
But we have shelters, right? Most of Akron’s, and America’s, emergency shelters have waiting lists.  The emergency shelters. We have one local shelter that usually has room for single males and females, only, but it is not always ideal for those facing street life for over a month. Emergency shelters cannot accommodate people’s belongings, often enforce stay limits, are typically religious, and provide few daytime shelter options. Using these services are often impractical for those with second shift jobs or impossible for those with mental disabilities. After losing everything, many homeless want to stay with their spouse, keep their pet, store their few treasured, saved belongings, be treated with dignity and respect, and not adhere to required religious practices.  
Our transitional housing is necessary. It filled a desperate need providing the stop-gap sheltering to Akron’s homeless as they wait for affordable housing.


The best way you can support the work we do at The Homeless Charity is by becoming a Patron for as little as $1/month. It shows the government people care about the homeless and it helps us manage our budget a lot easier. Please click here: Become a Patron!