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  • Between 2.3 and 3.5 million people experience homelessness every year in the U.S.
  • Families with children are the fastest growing segments of the homeless population…of every 200 children in America, three are homeless and twice that number are at risk for homelessness
  • There are approximately 1.3 million homeless youth living unsupervised on the streets, in abandoned buildings, with friends or with strangers…and this number is growing
  • In the Chicago area alone, there are 9,000 youth who experience homelessness each year
  • About 40% of homeless men are veterans…on any given night, 200,000 veterans are homeless


  • Volunteer at a nonprofit organization working to help end homelessness
  • Organize a collection of toiletries, clothing, books, blankets, etc. for a homeless shelter or other nonprofit organization
  • Raise funds for a nonprofit organization working to help homeless youth
  • Watch a film on homelessness at your school (such as “The Homestretch” ) and organize a discussion group to plan a service project
  • Contribute your time in any of the ways suggested by The National Coalition for the Homeless
  • Create Your Own Service Project

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