StreetHearts wants to end child homelessness, one heart at a time.
1 in 30 children in the United States is homeless. StreetHearts is raising awareness of this critical and largely invisible issue — by placing hearts in public spaces, and making it easy for anyone to take direct action.
From StreetHearts creator Penny Fellbrich:
For many years, I worked with homeless children and their families in the San Francisco Bay Area* — as a family therapist, preschool teacher, art therapist, and case manager.
I was amazed at the invisibility of these families to the general public.
Amazed at how many people had no idea that children are homeless in this supposedly rich country. 1 in 30 children — that's 1 in every average public school class.
Amazed at people's ideas of what the average homeless person looks like. Reality check: children and families are 35% of the homeless population in America.
Children living in cars. Moving from couch to couch. Sleeping in garages, basements, shopping malls, storage spaces — even hospital emergency rooms.
And so I created this craftivism project:
- To raise awareness of this crucial issue,
- And to inspire you — yes, you! — to take action, right now.
Join me in spreading the word, spreading the love, and helping end child homelessness — one heart at a time.
*StreetHearts acknowledges that we are on the stolen land of the Ohlone people.