Call Congress and the White House

The National Center on Family Homelessness

You can reach your U.S. Representative through the Capitol switchboard at 202-225-3121 and your two U.S. Senators at 202-224-3121.   

To look up your elected officials, click here.

When you are connected to your Member's office:           

  • Ask to speak to the Legislative Assistant in charge of housing, health, or education issues.            

  • Be brief and polite.           

  • Talk about how your state ranked in America's Youngest Outcasts: State Report Card on Child Homelessness and why you believe no child in your state should be homeless.            

  • You will be asked for your name and hometown.          

  •  The Legislative Assistant will document your call.

If the office receives more than a dozen calls from constituents on a particular issue, it will be brought to the attention of the legislator.  So, please make your calls - and urge your family and friends to do the same.

You can call the White House at 202-456-1111 or send an email to comments@whitehouse.gov.  Each of these calls and emails are logged and noted.  You can really make a difference.    

Write a Letter to Member of Congress

Let your elected officials know what you think.  The sample letter below can help you.

Send it by email or standard mail to members of Congress.

To look up your elected officials, click here.        

Sample Letter to Member of Congress

           

Dear [Member of Congress]:         

America's Youngest Outcasts: State Report on Child Homelessness, a new report by The National Center on Family Homelessness, shows [insert state name] ranks [ranking number] out of all 50 states.  I urge you to take action today so that every child has a place to call home.       

If we fail to act, the consequences are dire: homeless children experience far more hunger, poorer physical and mental health, and fewer educational opportunities than children who have homes.  The price homeless children pay is terrible, and it is also high for every taxpayer in our state.  From infancy through childhood, homeless children have significantly higher levels of acute and chronic illness. Almost half of homeless children suffer from anxiety and depression; one-third express their distress through aggressive or delinquent behaviors.  Staggeringly, less than one in four homeless children graduates from high school.           

I urge you to make the goal of ending homelessness for all children a high priority.   Please support capitalizing the National House Trust Fund at $10 billion for two years, funding for 400,000 new housing vouchers for $3.6 billion for two years, and providing full funding for Subtitle B of Title VII of the McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act at $210 million to supports homeless children and their families.          

Detailed information about America's Youngest Outcasts: State Report on Child Homelessness can be found at www.HomelessChildrenAmerica.org, including specific federal and state policy recommendations that I ask you to review and consider.        

Thank you for making the needs of our most vulnerable children a high priority.         

Sincerely,      

[name]

              

Sample Letter to State Legislator    

           

Dear [Legislator]:       

America's Youngest Outcasts: State Report on Child Homelessness, a new report by The National Center on Family Homelessness, shows [insert state name] ranks [ranking number] out of all 50 states.  I urge you to take action today so that every child in our state has a place to call home.      

If we fail to act, the consequences are dire: homeless children experience far more hunger, poorer physical and mental health, and fewer educational opportunities than children who have homes.  The price homeless children pay is terrible, and it is also high for every taxpayer in our state.  From infancy through childhood, homeless children have significantly higher levels of acute and chronic illness. Almost half of homeless children suffer from anxiety and depression; one-third express their distress through aggressive or delinquent behaviors.  Staggeringly, less than one in four homeless children graduates from high school.       

I urge you to make the goal of ending homelessness for all children in our state a major priority.  Please include the needs of homeless children when you are engaged in discussions and work about housing, health care, nutrition, and education. [You may want to add state-specific information here.]        

Detailed information about America's Youngest Outcasts: State Report on Child Homelessness can be found at www.HomelessChildrenAmerica.org, including specific state policy recommendations that I ask you to review and consider.       

Thank you for making the needs of our most vulnerable children a high priority.    

Sincerely,        

[name]      

It takes only minutes to call members of Congress and the White House to let them know it is time to end child homelessness.