A World Without Homeless Children: A Young Activist Investigates

A world without homeless children – that’s the kind of world Kelly wants to live in.

The second grader from New York shared facts about homeless youth and interviews formerly homeless moms in a recent YouTube video. It’s part of her entry for the White House Film Festival, according to her Indiegogo page.

“[The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development] does not consider doubled-up children to be homeless – which underestimates the total population,” says Kelly. In fact, HUD only factors in about five percent of the total youth homeless population.

At the video’s conclusion, the young activist offers ideas on how to ask elected officials to pass the Homeless Children and Youth Act. Tweet the video to raise awareness of youth homeless, and learn more about the issue from HelpHomelessKidsNow.org and First Focus.


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About the photos: Photos of children and youth experiencing homelessness provided by Diane Nilan, HEAR US Inc., used with permission. (c) 2012, Diane Nilan, HEAR US Inc.