In 250 Words — Family Homelessness

Let’s Get Beyond the Standbys. Homelessness is Complicated!


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This chart focuses on family and youth homelessness, but certainly overlaps with adult homelessness. DDN

To be clear, homelessness is much more than the dismissive “500,000 people sleeping on the streets” that gets tossed around by politicians and media.

A recent report on the number of identified students experiencing homelessness in the US blasts that misguided 500,000 number out of the water. More than 1.5 million students were identified in 2017–18, a 15% increase over the last 3 years.

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This is a much closer estimate of the size of the young homeless population in the U.S. than what is offered by government estimates. HEAR US Inc.
  • Communities can’t continue with business as usual and not be concerned about the pieces of this issue that could be fixed locally.
  • Schools can no longer ignore the issues that impact student success.
  • Health care entities — providers and insurers —must remove, not erect, barriers to health.
  • Property managers can’t keep making housing unattainable, keeping homelessness on the rise.
  • Journalists must delve into the underlying issues that push and trap people into homelessness.
  • All of us must give up thinking it’s someone else’s problem. It’s not. It’s all of us.
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  • Speaking of epidemics, yeah, that coronavirus issue. Just what we need — a bunch of sick people without homes looking for a place to be sick. Some of these folks are working jobs in places you frequent. On the humane level, can you imagine being that sick and having no place to rest and recover?

Founder/pres. HEAR US Inc., gives voice & visibility to homeless families & youth, ran shelters, advocate, filmmaker, author, 15 yrs. on US backroads.

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