Academy Award® WINNER Best Documentary Short Subject

Homelessness

Since the economic crash of 2008, the homeless population is exploding and families are its fastest growing segment. This documentary gives you a rare glimpse inside the struggle of how one of the 1.5 million homeless children in the U.S. is living today – the largest and fastest growing group of them being the undocumented. Children are the new face of homelessness in our country and yet they remain faceless. For most of these children, it is a shameful secret – - which is why, despite their incredible numbers, you see so few homeless children on the street and you so rarely hear their stories. Homeless kids are twice as likely to experience anxiety and depression than non-homeless children and 1 in 6 will develop emotional problems. Twenty-five percent witness violence in their homes. To compound the crisis, the social services that serve the homeless are being cut. It’s the perfect storm of desperation and chaos for the kids caught in the spiral.

Ways to Take Action

 

DOWNLOAD THE STUDENT’S GUIDE

Download the “Student’s Guide to Ending Homelessness”–a guide for youth, by youth–for more on effective ways to help.

RAISE YOUR VOICE

Send a message to your representatives in the House and Senate to let them know you want to ensure homeless youth get the education and support we all deserve.

FIND HELP OR VOLUNTEER TO HELP

Find a community-based organization through the National Network for Youth for help with street-based services, emergency shelter, transitional living programs, counseling, and social, health, educational and job-related services OR to volunteer to help at one of these organizations in your own community.