Learn about the root causes of homelessness and teach others.  NCH maintains updated Facts Sheets on many aspects of homelessness including causes, numbers, and special issues.  Read the Fact Sheets to familiarize yourself with the latest information, and then share what you learn with your community—your place of worship, school, colleagues, friends, neighbors, media, and elected officials.

Also try the following sites:

Annual U.S. Conference of Mayors Report on Hunger and Homelessness:
The National Alliance to End Homelessness:
The National Low Income Housing Coalition:
The National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness:
The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty: 
Homes for the Homeless/Institute for Children and Poverty:
National Health Care for the Homeless Council (Formerly The Better Homes Fund):
Universal Living Wage Campaign:
To find out other ways to help homeless people:

Follow your local news.  Read your local newspaper regularly to keep abreast of what is happening to homeless and low-income people and the policies that affect them in your community.

Talk to children about homelessness.  For book lists, video suggestions, lesson plans, and teaching materials about homelessness, contact NCH at (202) 462-4822, or email us at

Read.  Check out some of the many books published about homelessness in America.  A few recommendations to get you started are listed below.

Participate in NCH’s Homeless Challenge

Participate in or Host a Hunger Banquet

Participate in a 24 hour Fast

Coordinate and participate in a Sleep Out

Organize a “Faces of Homelessness” panel.  Through NCH’s “Faces of Homelessness” panel presentations, the voices and faces of those who have experienced homelessness personalize the issue, dispel stereotypes, inspire involvement, and serve as a training, skill building, and empowerment tool for those who have experienced homelessness. To organize a “panel” in your community or to set up your own Homeless Speakers Bureau, contact Michael Stoops at (202) 462-4822 or

Travels with Lizbeth, Lars Eighner, Fawcett Books, 1994.

Out of Place: Homelessness in America, Richard Sweeney, Harpercollins College Div, 1993

Tell Them Who I Am, Elliott Liebow The Free Press-a division of Macmillan, Inc., 1993.

Rachel and Her Children: Homeless Families in America, Jonathan Kozol, Random House, 1988.

A Roof over My Head: Homeless Women and the Shelter Industry  Jean Calterone Williams (April 2003)

Beyond the Shelter Wall: Homeless Families Speak Out
Ralph daCosta et al. (2004)

Cardboard Condo : How the Homeless Survive the Streets
Robert C. Greene (January 2005)

Helping America's Homeless: Emergency Shelter or Affordable Housing
Martha R. Burt et al. (April 2001)

Lonesome Rangers: Homeless Minds, Promised Lands, Fugitive Cultures

John Leonard (February 2002)

Stranger to the System (Life Portraits of a New York City Homeless Community)
Jim Flynn (June 2003)

Safe Haven: The Story of a Shelter for Homeless Women
Rae Bridgman (June 2003)

The Way Home: Ending Homelessness in America Harry N Abrams (December 1999)

Without a Net : Middle Class and Homeless (with Kids) in America: My Story
Michelle Kennedy (February 2005)

With No Direction Home : Homeless Youth on the Road and In the Streets (Case Studies on Contemporary Social Issues)
Marni Finkelstein (March 2004)