Invisible Homeless Kids

Banner for Invisible Homeless Kids blog. Image via Invisible Homeless Kids

Invisible Homeless Kids is a blog written by Diane Nilman. It is a blog that provides information about homeless kids around America like journal entries, current events and research about different programs. This blog is highly credible because the author provides knowledge on homeless children through her personal experience and uses research from scholarly websites and programs that focus on homelessness.

Diane Nilman is more than qualified to write on the topic of homeless kids. She is the founder and president of the HEAR US foundation, a program that recognizes and gives voice to homeless kids across America. She provides her credentials on the side of her blog, making it easy to access her contact information and find more information about her and the program she is from. While she is part of HEAR US, she states that she created the blog Invisible Homeless Kids to inform, teach and persuade the general public to support these children whether it’s through spreading the word or providing donations via HEAR US.

Here is one of the introductory videos Diane Nilman posts on both Invisible Homeless Kids and HEAR US to spread awareness on homeless youth. Video via Youtube:

Most of the blog posts on Invisible Homeless Kids start off with Nilman talking about her experience with a person or an event about homelessness and ends with how we can take action to stop homelessness as a nation. Her blog post from February 2016 called “How To Help Homeless Families and Youth?” takes about the speech she gave at a discussion about homelessness in Dickinson College. In her speech, she wanted to urge the community at Dickinson College to send Congressman Barletta a letter requesting that he can cosponsor the Homeless Children and Youth Act. The U.S. Department of Health and Urban Development state homelessness as “an individual who lacks housing (without regard to whether the individual is a member of a family), including an individual whose primary residence during the night is a supervised public or private facility (e.g., shelters) that provides temporary living accommodations, and an individual who is a resident in transitional housing.” [Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C., 254b)] She claims that Barletta’s support on the new Homeless Children and Youth Act will expand its meaning, because this current definition of homelessness excludes children who stay in motels (if shelters are full) or temporarily with other people because they have nowhere else to go.

A generic photo of what it looks like when people are not able to make it inside a homeless shelter for the night. Image via Washington Post

In this blog post, Nilman continues to support her stance on expanding The Homeless Children and Youth Act by including statistics and more research. She says in the year 2015, Congress identified 500,000 people, including 128,000 youth, as homeless. But according to the Education census, they counted over 1.3 million students homeless, which does not include their siblings, parents or other family members. Nilman mentions in her post she stopped by Barletta’s office, but he did not coincide due to his busy schedule. She sheds light and hope on the issue and reassures there are still ways to fight homelessness. She provides links to her foundation, HEAR US, as well as the website Help Homeless Kids Now and suggest we find more ways to take action. Both websites are credible and scholarly, due to their credentials, sources, and domain. Gilman finally ends her blog post by saying, “The bottom line is, without community support (i.e. emails or calls) to get laws like this passed, we will continue to have skyrocketing numbers of homeless families and youth. People of Cumberland County (and beyond) will have to increase even beyond your impressive efforts to provide emergency services to families and youth who will have little hope to escape the ravages of homelessness. And I will continue to have to look in their eyes, knowing much more needs to be done, wondering what it will take to get people to care.”

Invisible Homeless Kids is a blog that strives to have greater potential in the future. With up to date posts, useful links, and outstanding stories and research, Nilman makes this blog credible and reliable. As more months and years go by, hopefully society will have a better understanding and open mind about homeless kids across America.

Another video posted by the HEAR US foundation on homeless youth. Video via YouTube

Works Cited:

  • Nilan, Diane. “Invisible Homeless Kids.” Invisible Homeless Kids. N.p. Web. 16 Dec. 2016.