When Will We Catch On?

A Lesson In Homelessness From a Mother Who Knows

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Mom and daughter await assistance at a food pantry. Photo Diane Nilan

…why are so many families homeless?

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The issue of family homelessness, and overall child well-being, is illustrated on this ranking chart in the latest Kids Count report.

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Michigan, by the way, ranks #32 in wellbeing for children, as this chart indicates. The circled rankings are the states I’ll encounter on my HEAR US 2020 VisionQuest trip (now underway).
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Part 1 of my HEAR US 2020 VisionQuest journey.
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It’s not fun being homeless. Photo by Diane Nilan

The key points Nicole makes are lost on our policymakers:

One systemic solution — passage of the Homeless Family and Youth Act (HR 2001). This bipartisan legislation will align HUD’s all-too-narrow definition of homelessness with one that other federal agencies use, which would make families like Nicole’s eligible for assistance.

But your member of Congress needs to hear from you on this! Here’s the link for more information and to take action.

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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