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Our new podcast,The Invisibles, was recently named one of the Top Ten Podcasts on Homelessness by the experts at Feedspot.  New episode on the 10th of each month.  Available on most preferred podcast listening platforms 
You can also listen right here, right now!

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Engage our Community

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." This quote from Margaret Mead explains why an engaged community of caring individuals is an integral part of our mission. It's the thing that will change the world.




Raise Awareness

While it's important to raise awareness about homelessness, it's equally important to raise awareness of what people can do to make strides in the fight against homelessness. The first step to solving a problem is letting people know that there is a problem. But the second and more important step is doing something about it. That's why we're here. And that's why we need you.


Educate to Prevent

Part of solving a problem is taking the right steps to prevent it from recurring in the future. One of our objectives is to help jumpstart educational programs that will help people recognize the signs that lead to homelessness along with how and where to get the right help to prevent someone from becoming homeless. Becoming educated and better informed is a critical step in ending homelessness.

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We're Shelter Matters.
And This is What We Do.

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Our brand new podcast, The Invisibles, is about all things homeless. It's an informative, interesting, enlightening, and even entertaining show that seeks out solutions that will help bring about an end to homelessness in America. A new episode every month! Check out our all new March episode right now!

How You Can Help

There are a number of ways you can get involved right now that will make a difference in so many lives. Whether you prefer a more 'hands-on' approach or working behind the scenes, your effort is the key to finding a solution.

With winter approaching, those living on the streets are going to be in need of coats, boots, and blankets. One way you can help is by holding a charity drive to collect these and other items for the homeless.  Check out our complete list of suggested action items that you can get started on today.

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People who are homeless in America



Average life expectancy of homeless individual



Number of people it takes to make a difference

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The Shelter Matters Circle of Change

When you become a member of the Circle of Change, you become an intergral part of an effort utilizing influence, education, and a strong call-to-action to motivate citizens and political leaders to initiate the change that will have a lasting positive impact. Join the Circle of Change by making a tax-deductible gift of just $100.00 or more.  The power of your support will be immense. Click here to join and to find out more.



One quarter of homeless people are children. Every year 2.5 million children experience homelessness. That’s almost the entire population of Chicago. One in every 30 children experiences homelessness every year in the U.S. Children are homeless in every city and state nationwide.


The number of veterans who are homeless. That's right. Over 57,000 veterans are homeless each night, according to HUD. Nearly 5,000 are female.


The estimated number of families who are homeless. Families often have it the hardest among the homeless population. Very few shelters are equipped to house the entire family, so they often split up for periods of time. The struggle continues to be finding ways the entire family can stay together.


67% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, which means that just about any one of us could end up on the streets in as little as three months. So if you think you could never be homeless, perhaps you should think again.

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