I’m having another super busy Monday, but it’s been weighing heavily on my heart to share the powerful message about children and homelessness my sister-friend Takiyah Franklin (Tk) recently recorded.
In sharing why she recorded the song, Tk writes:
The homeless crisis is getting worse . . . and while I want to see more action from [our] city [and state] officials, we the people have to act as well. I definitely don’t have the solution to the housing crisis, but I know I’m not so far removed from the realities of poverty to not care. Music is one way to raise awareness, so I choose to lift my voice as a tool for social justice.
In speaking specifically about the situation in Oakland, California, Tk reminds:
It is our duty to protect the most vulnerable in our society. It is our duty to hold local and state officials accountable for working with the community and the corporations taking over to find solutions to homelessness and poverty.
The song, called “Homeless Children,” is the result of the collaboration between Dan Zemelman (pianist and co-writer), Albert Greenberg (co-writer), Alberto Hernandez (engineer), Julie Wolf (producer), and Tk (vocal artist).
Click the image to listen to the song:
For more information about childhood homelessness and to find ways you can help, see the following:
- Stand Up for Kids
- What Can I Do to Help a Homeless Child?
- Horizons for Homeless Children
- Housing Families
- Four Ways to Help the Homeless in Your Community
Be sure to check out local missions and programs to help with the the homeless crisis in your area.
It is my hope that homeless children–indeed all homeless people–will get the assistance they need to improve their circumstances on this side of heaven.