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Chapter 3: How to talk about ending homelessness

Messaging tips: building empathy

All effective conversations start from a place of empathy. No matter who you’re talking to, it’s always a good to idea to meet people where they are and connect emotionally before introducing your argument.

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Homelessness is visible across L.A. County, and it’s natural that kids will have questions and concerns.

And if we avoid talking to them about homelessness, they’re more susceptible to believing or repeating misinformation they might hear elsewhere. They also may have friends who are experiencing homelessness, and honest conversations can help them process that difficult reality and engage compassionately.

Talking to kids about homelessness is also an opportunity to build empathy, strengthen critical thinking, and establish their core values.

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Getting involved

The most common question we receive is: “What can I do to help?” We all have a role to play in ending homelessness, and everyone brings unique skills, perspectives, and experiences to our shared work. Our campaign is centered around community organizing, which brings people together to advocate for systemic change and solutions.

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