The National Coalition for the Homeless, founded in 1982, is national network of people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, activists and advocates, community-based and faith-based service providers, and others committed to a single mission. That mission, our common bond, is to end homelessness. We are committed to creating the systemic and attitudinal changes necessary to prevent and end homelessness. At the same time, we work to meet the immediate needs of people who are currently experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of doing so.
The mission of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) is to coordinate the federal response to homelessness and to create a national partnership at every level of government and with the private sector to reduce and end homelessness in the nation while maximizing the effectiveness of the Federal Government in contributing to the end of homelessness.
Research data describing the national prevelance of homelessness and related issues are limited. The HRC fact sheet includes data from multiple sources, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress. This fact sheet also includes data from the 1996 National Survey of Homeless Assistance Providers and Clients.
We developed this fact sheet to help you understand the scope, causes, and impact of homelessness on children and families. We encourage you to use it as well as the publications cited in its footnotes as tools more about homelessness.
MOVIES AND DOCUMENTARIES:
Will Smith stars in this moving tale inspired by the true story of Chris Gardner, a San Francisco salesman struggling to build a future for himself and his 5-year-old son Christopher.
An incredible true story of a disenchanted journalist’s transformative odyssey through the hidden streets of Los Angeles, where he discovers and builds a most unlikely friendship with a man from those same streets, bonding through the redemptive power of music.
The film follows a group of people living in an abandoned section of the New York City underground railway system, more precisely the area of the so called Freedom Tunnel.
Life in a Basket
This documentary allows homeless people to explain just what they carry in their traveling carts-and why. In this simple and humanizing film, some thirty men and women explain what they have in their carts, and why the items they push around are so important to their physical, psychological, and spiritual survival.
The film documents the processes of M. Meissen, Bréyon Austin, and Liz Olsen, three formerly homeless women who took part in the photography workshop. The three had been given 35mm cameras and instructed in the art of black-and-white photography. They were then instructed to draw upon their lives and personal experiences and use photography to share insights into homelessness.