Mississippi Campaign to End Child Homelessness

The Children's Defense Fund-Southern Regional Office is a partner to and serves on the advisory board of the Mississippi Campaign to End Child Homelessness, an action plan to end child homelessness. According to the campaign, more than 12,100 children are homeless in the state each year. The Mississippi Campaign to End Child Homelessness recommends establishing a statewide Interagency Council on Homelessness to increase coordination and collaboration among state leaders and agencies, social service providers, community leaders, and families to ensure a sustained, coordinated response as a step toward preventing and ending child and family homelessness. Two state lawmakers, Senator Hillman Frazier and Representative Stephen Holland, proposed Senate Bill 2609 and House Bill 1236 in early 2011 to address this issue — however, the legislation did not pass. One of the council's objectives would be to develop a statewide Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness in Mississippi that includes a focus on the needs of homeless children, youth, families, individuals, and veterans

Learn more about the interagency council and how you can take action.