Some of the oldest homeless charities in the United States are The Salvation Army and the Young Women's Christian Association. Other homeless charities include the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Alliance to End Homelessness.
The Salvation Army started in England in 1852 and gained a foothold in the United States in the 1880s. The international movement operates shelters for the homeless and provides humanitarian aid to developing countries.
The YWCA was formed in 1858 and advocates to eliminate racism against African-American women. The organization operates housing services and homelessness programs for women and children. It also helps to educate women as well as provide employment services and housing referrals.
Founded during the homelessness epidemic that erupted in the 1970s, both the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Alliance to End Homelessness work to improve homelessness policies and advocate effective practices to reduce homelessness. Both organizations strive to educate the public and public leaders about emerging solutions to homelessness.