This book was written under the auspices of the National Alliance to End Homelessness and produced by the Philip Lief Group; a portion of its earnings will be used to support the Alliance. Using a clear, readable style, this title attempts to make activists of readers, providing 32 chapters that discuss ways for individuals, families, businesses, schools, and clubs to help solve a growing national problem. Projects range from tutoring homeless children to organizing food drives. Designed for laypersons, this will make readers wonder what America could be like if many people contributed their efforts in the same way as those noted in the text. Recommended for public library collections and where interest warrants. See also Henry Miller's On the Fringe: The Dispossessed in America, reviewed below.--Ed.-- Christy Zlatos, Northeastern Univ. Libs . , Boston
This is one of those books that you stumble on every now and again and think, "what a great idea." Put together by The National Alliance To End Homelessness, this is a hands-on guide offering a multitude of ways for you to directly help those who are homeless. An esimated two million people will be homeless this year and 300,000 have nowhere to sleep on any given night–the fastest growing segment of the homeless is women and childen. What You Can Do is filled with activities and projects you, your family, your school, your business, your church group or your communtiy can take on, like teaching homeless adults to read, providing childcare for homeless children or organizing a food or clothing drive. This book tells you how you canput together these projects and gives you organizations to contact for assistance and further information. Much more than just donating money to a faceless organization–this is you making a difference.