• About Us

    HEAR US is a unique, effective national nonprofit organization dedicated to giving voice and visibility to children and youth experiencing homelessness.

    HEAR US believes that:

    • Young people and parents experiencing homelessness are effective spokespersons. See our extensive list of HEAR US videos.
    • Caring people across the country are willing advocates for systemic change. SEE COMPASSION EPIDEMIC
    • Valuable tools to foster understanding of homeless families will enlighten those unaware-policy makers, educators, and the public. SEE PROJECTS
    • Shining a light on issues facing homeless families and youth is the best way to raise awareness and encourage local, state and national solutions. SEE on the edge: Family Homelessness in America
    • Children can learn about homelessness and help. See It's About the Children
    • Babies and toddlers in homeless situations must receive significant help (and their families need housing & services). Learn why in the HEAR US film, Littlest Nomads. 
    • Children and youth deserve the opportunity to thrive. HEAR US offers inspiration and activities in Yay Babies! Yay Kids!

    HEAR US Inc. is a 501(c)(3) corporation dependent on donations and grants to support our unique and essential mission.

    Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.  (FEIN 32-0155105)

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  • Our Mission

    The HEAR US mission is to give voice and visibility to children and youth experiencing

    This organization produces poignant films and books that are used by educators, social service personnel and other audiences to call attention to the invisible crisis of millions of families with children and young people who struggle without a place to call home.

    • HEAR US addresses audiences at conferences, university and college students, and a variety of gatherings to foster a greater understanding of homelessness.
    • HEAR US joins with like-minded organizations to inform public policy based on what the experts--those experiencing homelessness--think is needed.
    • HEAR US also facilitates media connections for homeless families/youth, and is quite active on social media, shining a light on the need to repair the torn safety net that leaves millions--babies, toddlers, school kids, teens and young adults, and adults-- on the streets. 

    Since 2005, HEAR US has been a national force advocating for families and youth experiencing homelessness.

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    HEAR US has made statewide McKinney-Vento films for:

    Texas, Kansas, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Hawaii, New Mexico, North Carolina

    Filming also in:

    Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois,
    New York, California, Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, 
    New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Vermont, Wisconsin, Tennessee 

    DDN Colorful cameraMy contribution to our nation's conundrum of family homelessness is HEAR US.  
    Our videos, books and presentations illuminate the magnitude of this issue. The greater the understanding of how many babies, toddlers, children and youth are without a place to call home, the more enlightened our response will be. That’s the theory. And it tends to work in most places.

    Diane D. Nilan
    HEAR US Inc.

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    Diane in front of her van at Ohio State



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