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Compassion Epidemic


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The Charlie Book: 60 Ways to Help Homeless Kids

by Diana Bowman

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The Best Explanation Ever!

Are We Creating Chronic Homelessness?

Barbara Duffield Explains 

Institute of Children, Poverty & Homelessness
Summer 2016

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Learn about the causes of family/youth homelessness. Here is Diane's 1-page list (PDF). 

Spend 4-min. watching Diane's touching video. Restore/strengthen your compassion for homeless doll-facefamilies/youth. 

Peruse HEAR US Compassion Epidemic Action Guide!

ADVOCATE Help us make an issue of homeless families and teens!


As issues affecting homeless children, youth and/or families arise, we will post information and suggested actions.

ADVOCACY tidbits...

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History lesson....

  • SUCCESS! Important changes to McKinney-Vento Homeless Ed law made! After over a decade of advocacy, improvements to the homeless education law took effect 10/16. Thanks to all who advocated! Track changes and updates in this important law.
  • FAFSA FIX VICTORY! Now that unaccompanied homeless youth can more easily apply for financial aid for college we need to make sure people know about it. CLICK HERE for important info to open college doors for qualified homeless youth.

    Watch the inspiring 3-minute video on the FAFSA Fix that HEAR US created from our visit to DC in June ‘07. Watch a video of teens lobbying for the right to go to college. (Filmed and produced by Laura Vazquez, NIU communication professor, HEAR US video collaborator)


  • MY OWN FOUR WALLS tells the story of homelessness in a way that nothing else does. What a great tool to pass on to your member of Congress..
  • on the edge: Family Homelessness in America, the HEAR US film which has aired on PBS, illuminates the world of homeless women.
  • Littlest Nomads is a HEAR US film that calls attention to the mostly ignored homeless baby and toddler population.


    • GET the HEAR US Book: "The Charlie Book: 60 Ways to Help Homeless Kids."
    • ARRANGE a showing of My Own Four Walls, on the edge or other HEAR US videos in your community.
    • MEET with your local, state government representatives and/or Member of Congress to share My Own Four Walls and/or on the edge to relate your concerns about homeless families and teens.


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