Homelessness: Together, we can make a difference!

The National Alliance to End Homelessness states:

“Homelessness occurs when people or households are unable to acquire and/or maintain housing they can afford. Understanding homelessness requires a grasp of several social issues: poverty, affordable housing, disabilities, illness, and more.”

As a teacher, I knew there were students in my school that were homeless, but due to privacy issues, I was never informed who they were. This paints a picture of a child that is truly a strong individual that wants to fit in and be like everyone else. Many churches and social groups serve food to the homeless, house them in their church for a month for sleeping purposes, and collect items to benefit their well-being. Teenagers stage evenings on a cold night of sleeping in a cardboard box outside to catch a glimpse of the life of a homeless person, but we can never know the conflict, turmoil and angst they must endure on a daily basis. Their survival skills and strength is something the rest of us cannot fathom. We see them with signs on the exit ramps of freeways. The alarming rise in homelessness in the GLBT youth community as well as among  our national veterans is worth noting. Hats off to the state of Utah that has a master plan to end homelessness by the end of 2015. We need to realize this is an “everybody issue” and pertains to all of us as human beings. Criminalizing homelessness is not the answer.

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I am a Bear by Jean-Francois Dumont. 9780802854476. September 2015. PS-1.  A homeless bear living in the city actually in a cardboard box lost his self concept . He was feeling low until he met a little girl that helped him see his worth as a bear and not being called homeless.

Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean. 9780875653846. 2012. Gr 4-6.  While trying to cope with the loss of her mother, young Cally encounters a homeless dog that helps her realize her Mom is always with her.

Can we Help? by George Ancona. 9780763673673. August 2015. Gr K-3. Colorful photographs and descriptions show children and adults how they can be of assistance to others, a win-win situation for all.

Further resources in print:

Hold Fast by Blue Balliett. 9780545299893. 2015. Gr. 4-7.

Be the Change in the World by Lisa Dalrymple. 9780778706342. 2015. Gr K-3.

Further resources in electronic format:

Almost Zero by Nikki Grimes. digital audio. 9781936223527. 2013. Gr 2-4.

Lady in the Box by Ann K. McGovern. ebook. 9781630833763.2014. Gr K-3.

Dog on His Own by Mary Jane Auch. playaway, 9781467673686. 2013. Gr 3.

Greatest Gift of All by Lisa McCourt. ebook. 9781453274804. 2012. Gr K-3.

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