Chapter 3: How to talk about ending homelessness

Why it’s important to talk to your kids about homelessness

Children are interested in the world around them. Leaving their questions about homelessness unanswered can create confusion and concern, as well as room for stigmas and misinformation. They deserve honest, appropriate answers from responsible and compassionate adults in their lives.

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Homelessness is visible across L.A. County, and it’s natural that kids will have questions and concerns.

And if we avoid talking to them about homelessness, they’re more susceptible to believing or repeating misinformation they might hear elsewhere. They also may have friends who are experiencing homelessness, and honest conversations can help them process that difficult reality and engage compassionately.

Talking to kids about homelessness is also an opportunity to build empathy, strengthen critical thinking, and establish their core values.

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Getting involved

The most common question we receive is: “What can I do to help?” We all have a role to play in ending homelessness, and everyone brings unique skills, perspectives, and experiences to our shared work. Our campaign is centered around community organizing, which brings people together to advocate for systemic change and solutions.

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