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This year marks the 25th anniversary of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act – the first major federal law to address homelessness in the United States. But, with more than 3.5 million Americans still homeless each year, we need to finish what we started. Now is the time to take your stand with us – it’s time to go All-In to End Homelessness:
I pledge to:
Commit myself to ending homelessness in America;
- Of the more than 3.5 million Americans without a home, 1.6
million are children, 1.1 million are families made homeless
within the last 3 years, 1.4 million are people with
disabilities, and 100,000 are veterans who became homeless
after serving their country. The United States is the
wealthiest nation in the world, yet we do not protect the
basic human right to housing.
Support affordable housing for all Americans;
- Homelessness is a visible manifestation of the severe
shortage of safe, affordable housing. Continued budget cuts,
high unemployment, and the foreclosure crisis are causing
increases in family homelessness right now.
Strive for adequate healthcare for all who need it;
- Existing “safety net” health systems are gravely inadequate
for homeless people and the very poor who are not likely to
receive Medicaid in most states. Comprehensive, affordable
health care is essential to ending homelessness in America.
Ensure an education for every homeless child;
- Although the McKinney-Vento Act requires public schools to
keep homeless students enrolled in their last district of
residence; many districts still refuse to educate homeless
children. Without access to school, America’s 1.6 million
homeless children cannot hope to escape the cycles of
And treat with dignity every homeless person I meet.
- Many people who are not homeless avoid interacting with
people who are – because of fear, inability to give money, or
just not knowing what to do. But, simply making a single,
human connection can be the most important action for both
Here, I pledge to remember my commitment to ending homelessness in America and I pledge to treat homeless people as I would treat any other person. I confirm that we are all human, we are all fighting poverty together, and we are: All-In to End Homelessness!
To learn more about the All-In campaign, visit: www.nlchp.org/all-in.cfm.
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