Entries under ‘homelessness’

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America’s Children – Our Best Investment

This week at Media Voices we draw your attention to the Children’s Defense Fund’s report, State of America’s Children 2011.

The 2011 Report from the Children's Defense Fund
The State of America’s Children 2011

This report from The Children’s Defense Fund summarizes the welfare of children in the U.S. as of 2011.

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Signs of Hope – Making Child Homelessness a Thing of the Past

This Week at Media Voices we turn our attentions to a complicated issue that affects 1 in 50 children in America, 1.5 million children a year, homelessness. One third of the national homeless population is families with children and 650,000 of those children, last year, were under 6 years of age.

Keys: Ending Family Homelessness

In the middle of a housing crisis in the U.S., The National Alliance to End Homelessness is helping families—including the almost 1.35 million children who experience homelessness in the course of a year. This video profiles three communities that are providing fast, safe housing, and making great strides towards eliminating family homelessness.
Funding provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

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Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness

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With Friends Like These

For nearly 25 years, The African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN) has worked across Africa to uphold and establish the rights of children. One of their most forceful advocates is Wambui Njuguna, the Director of Programmes at ANPPCAN, who shares years of personal and professional experience in her [...]

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Step Up To The Plate

“Dear Councilmember,” the child carefully wrote on yellow lined paper. “I am 10 ½ years old. I live with my family at the shelter. When I grow up, I want to be a singer. I think you need to find more money to help families find housing because people is in danger without a home. [...]

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One Childhood

This week at Media Voices brings a mix of stories and information on recurring topics; child poverty in America, street children in Latin America and the U.S. Campaign to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child. In each of these reports, the focus is on what children need to thrive and how to [...]

Bleeding Hearts

This week at Media Voices we’re pleased to post a new photo essay by Stephen Shames, Outside the Dream: Child Poverty in America. First published in 1991 in association with the Children’s Defense Fund, these photographs are as timely today as they were when they were taken. Today, one child in six is poor, one [...]

© Jamila Larson
Out of the Shelter, Into the White House

Candace was all dressed up, waiting for me alongside fifteen other teens in the former Washington hospital turned homeless shelter. The Playtime Project where I work provides the only services for children there, which includes a field trip program for teens. It was dawn on Saturday morning, and the proud parents assembled in the dirty [...]

Organic NCCF: A Force for Human Change

The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF) residential programs serve homeless families, victims of domestic violence, and vulnerable adolescents in the Washington, D.C. area. The Greentree shelter is considered a model for the comprehensive array of support services for homeless families.

A Safe Place for New Beginnings

This week at Media Voices we present the insights of  Dr. Sheryl Brissett-Chapman, the Executive Director of the National Center for Children and Families as our featured interview in Speak Up for Children.

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Interview with Dr. Sheryl Brissett-Chapman

Executive Director of the National Center for Children and Families Dr. Sheryl Brissett-Chapman speaks about the particular impact of homelessness on children, and how the community can support homeless parents in their efforts to shelter and nurture their children.

Interviewer: Georgia Morris

Dr. Brissett Chapman has spent her career working in child protection and has led The National Center for Children and Families for the past twenty years.

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America’s Child- Homeless and Poor in the Shadow of the Capitol

It was in August 2004. I had traveled to Washington, D.C. to produce an interview with Justice Ruth Ginsburg at the U.S. Supreme Court for Columbia University’s Oral History Office. I was looking out the window of my very comfortable, business-class hotel, just a few blocks from the nation’s Capitol. In fact, I chose the [...]

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America’s Youngest Outcasts

One out of every 50 – or approximately 1.5 million – American children go to sleep without a home of their own each year. They are America’s youngest outcasts. This report offers an state-by-state evaluation on child homelessness in America.

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Coming of Age Homeless in our Nation’s Capital

It was the youngest ones who always got me. The newborn babies returning from the hospital to a homeless shelter as their first home. No balloons or fresh cribs waiting for them. The toothless toddlers smile broadly, wiggling across the dirty shelter floor, happy to be alive, oblivious to their circumstances in life.