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I'm going to be in the Washington DC area in March--and would be available to do a personal screening for the First Family and/or others. And I'll be at a conference next week where HUD Secretary Donovan and ICH Director Poppe are on the schedule.

Homelessness, especially as experienced by millions of families and teens in America, is largely invisible and quite misunderstood. Maybe that's why our leaders don't make it a priority.

A new documentary, "on the edge," shines a light on this issue, focusing on 7 women who share their experiences of life without a home. It's a powerful film, one that could change the way this country views homelessness. HEAR US Inc., the national nonprofit behind the film, teamed up with award-winning documentary maker Dr. Laura Vazquez of Northern Illinois University to film and produce the film to raise awareness, and hopefully spur action.

They confidently know on the edge will resonate and inspire all types of audiences. Our nation's leaders and policymakers need to spend 60 minutes watching on the edge. It's an important first step to prioritizing our nation's approach to ending homelessness--understanding the perspective of families and teens.

This simple action urges them to sit down and listen to the experts on family and youth homelessness-those who have experienced it. It will profoundly change the way they (and you!) perceive this tragic issue. (Watch the 4-minute trailer)

Letter to
Secretary of HUD Shaun Donovan
Executive Director, US Interagency Council on Homelessness Barbara Poppe
President of the United States
Do you have an hour to spend listening to invisible homeless women? It could be the most inspiring, productive 60 minutes you spend. And Diane Nilan, producer of this film, will be in your area soon!

HEAR US Inc., a national nonprofit organization giving voice and visibility to homeless families and youth, along with Dr. Laura Vazquez, media professor at Northern Illinois University, have filmed and produced “on the edge,” a powerful documentary featuring 7 courageous women sharing their experiences of homelessness. The film just took top honors at the BEA Film Festival. They guarantee it will change the paradigm of how this nation addresses homelessness.

Our current policies and practices don’t begin to scratch the surface for families and youth at risk of or experiencing homelessness. These women shine a light on this little-understood issue in a way that will inspire you to make sure our nation does more than put on bandages on this hemorrhaging wound.

Will you please get a copy of "on the edge" and watch it? Or better yet, contact Diane ( to set up a personal screening. She's going to be in the Washington area in March.

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