Hey HUD! Make Homeless Kids Count!
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Hey HUD! Make Homeless Kids Count!

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      HEAR US

For years HUD has opted to ignore many homeless families and youth in their homeless counts. They claim only 656,129 homeless persons* for 2009 which dreadfully ignores the fact that the U.S. Dept. of Education reports close to a million homeless students identified during the same period.

The"Educational Success for Children and Youth Without Homes Act of 2011," (H. R. 1253 and S. 571) have recently been introduced to include children (in families) and youth on their own who are homeless in HUD's count which gets reported to Congress. These bills make sure homeless children/youth count by using the more realistic and comprehensive definition of homelessness as used by the U.S. Department of Education.

Congresswoman Biggert (R-13, IL) introduced H. R. 1253. She was joined by original cosponors Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-7th/AZ) and Congressman Dale Kildee (D-5th/MI). S. 571 Senate sponsors: U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Senator Al Franken (D-MN) and Senator Mark Begich (D-AK).

We need more congressional co-sponsors of H.R. 1253/ S. 571. Sign this petition to ask your legislator to join the effort to "Make Homeless Kids Count!"

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    • Karen Colburn SEARSPORT, ME
      • over 3 years ago

      ha. odd putting an address here. My husband (married 2007) didn't add me to the mortgage, left home in 2008, quit paying the mortgage in April 2009 (without telling me), lost his job in Nov 09, lost the farm in 2010 that has been my home since 2002, with my son born 2002 with Down Syndrome ... I've been hoping for reconciliation ... but last week I received the cash for keys letter ... no place to go ...

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    • Max Waller PACOIMA, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      I was a member of a nonprofit residential advisory council board of directors of housing subsidized by HUD.

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    • Carla Compton PLACERVILLE, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      ABSOLUTELY, NO CHILD, LET ALONE ANY PEOPLE, SHOULD EVER BE LET TO GO OR BE HOMELESS!!! HUD! PLEASE LISTEN!!! MAKE THESE UNFORTUNATES HAPPY WITH HOMES!!! EVERYONE SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE A DECENT PLACE TO LIVE!!!

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    • Saran Singh ANTELOPE, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      These kids deserve a life where they are not living in a cold, cramped shelter but in a warm, comforting home where they can live with their parents in peace, have healthy food to nourish their hunger. Brings a tear to my eye.

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    • Jamie Paquin WOBURN, MA
      • over 3 years ago

      I myself have three children and are homeless living in a hotel placed here by the state

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