Archive for March, 2015

Our #172vt campaign is an effort to bring attention to the urgent and growing needs of homeless children. The number of homeless children nationally has surged in recent years to all-time record highs. Vermont has echoed these disturbing trends. Today, one in every 30 children in the United States is homeless. Every year, we examine the issue in our own community. We conduct a count of homeless students and toddlers…

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What is #172vt? Our #172vt campaign is an effort to bring attention to the urgent and growing needs of homeless children. The number of homeless children nationally has surged in recent years to all-time record highs. Vermont has echoed these disturbing trends. Today, one in every 30 children in the United States is homeless. Every year, we examine the issue in our own community. We conduct a count of homeless…

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Who is Homeless? As many as 3.5 million people will experience homelessness this year.[1] 1.5 million of the homeless population are children and as many as 600,000 are children under the age of 5. Only 35 percent of the homeless population is unemployed. [2] Far too many veterans are homeless in America—between 130,000 and 200,000 on any given night—representing between one-fourth and one-fifth of all homeless people.[3] 44% of the…

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Mail it to: {Name of Representative} The Vermont Statehouse 115 State Street Drawer 33 Montpelier, VT  05633-5301   Send a copy to: Governor Peter Shumlin 109 State Street Montpelier, VT  05609 (800) 649-6825 or (802) 828-3333   -and-   Lt. Governor Phillip Scott c/o The Vermont Statehouse 115 State Street Montpelier, VT  05633-5301 (802) 828-2226     Sample Letter Template[1] (Date) To Whom It May Concern, (State your name and…

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One of the best ways to gain visibility for your organization and the issues you care about is to submit a timely, persuasive op-ed to a local newspaper.  Because Senators and Representatives pay close attention to what is happening in their districts, local media coverage can be quite effective in getting your message to them as well. [1] Writing Your Op-Ed Make only one point well. Remember to focus tightly…

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Lobbying is the act of attempting to influence decisions made by officials in the government. While the IRS places restrictions on the amount of lobbying nonprofits (designated as a 501(c)3) can engage in, individuals are free to contact their Federal and state Congressmen, city or county council members, or other elected officials about concerns they have in their community.  Every citizen has the right to seek a meeting with their…

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Videos and books are a great tool with which to educate yourself and the public about hunger and homelessness. Listed below are movies, adult books, and even children’s books that focus on the issues of hunger and homelessness. [1] Books for Adults Kennedy, Michelle. Without a Net: Middle Class and Homeless (with Kids) in America, 2005. At age 24 Michelle was suddenly single, homeless, and living out of a car…

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Documentaries Poor Kids, Dir. Jezza Naumann, 2011: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/poor-kids/ Frontline explores what poverty means to children as a lens for the country as a whole. Storied Streets, Dir. Thomas A. Morgan, Jack Henry Robbins, 2014: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/24293 A documentary film that profiles the homeless and the formerly homeless and their struggle to survive. Their raw and compelling stories will change the way you feel about homelessness. The Homestretch, Dir. Kristin Kelly, Anne…

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National Resources Institute for Children and Poverty – www.homesforthehomeless.com An independent research and policy think tank based in New York City that conducts national research on the causes of family homelessness, the demographics of this growing population, and the programs most effective in assisting homeless families to transition to stability and self-sufficiency. National Center for Homeless Education – www.serve.org/nche Provides numerous resources on homelessness and education for homeless children and…

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2013 report by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on rising homelessness in Vermont: http://digital.vpr.net/post/report-homelessness-rise-vermont Survey jointly conducted by the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness and the Chittenden County Continuum of Care on the nine percent rise in homelessness in Vermont for 2014: http://vtdigger.org/2014/04/17/survey-state-homeless-population-increases-9-percent/ The Vermont page of the Spotlight on Poverty website, which contains statistical information on homelessness and all other measurable aspects of poverty in the…

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