Housing, Shelter

HEAR US Inc.

  • Naperville, IL
  • www.hearus.us

Mission Statement

To give voice and visibility to homeless children and youth.

Main Programs

  1. HEAR US Programs

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Service Areas

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National

HEAR US Inc. is based in Naperville, IL, but covers the entire U.S.

ruling year

2007

Principal Officer since 2005

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Ms. Diane Nilan

Keywords

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homeless children, homeless youth, homeless families

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Also Known As

HEAR US Inc.

EIN

32-0155105

 Number

2475340748

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (L01)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Film, Video (A31)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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HEAR US profoundly impacts communities' awareness of homelessness among families and unaccompanied youth across the United States.

Programs

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Program 1

HEAR US Programs

My Own Four Walls, a series of documentaries featuring children and youth talking about their homelessness.


It's About the Children, children's books and images to raise awareness about homelessness.


REACH, empowering incarcerated parents to advocate for their homeless children's educational rights.


Jonathon's Heart, provides college curriculum materials for teachers-in-training.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Homeless

Budget

$89,500.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

HEAR US Inc. is based in Naperville, IL, but covers the entire U.S.

Social Media

Blog

Funding Needs

HEAR US Inc. seeks like-minded donors--foundations, corporations and/or individuals--who believe that education and grassroots advocacy will lead to enlightened public policies.

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HEAR US Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Diane Nilan

BIO

Diane Nilan, founder and president of HEAR US, has a 26-year history working with homeless families and adults.
She is a prominent activist on homelessness issues, especially pertaining to families and teens.
Nilan filmed and promoted My Own Four Walls nationwide. She continues traveling in her (personally purchased and maintained) RV-home/office.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Dear friends,
            I'm awed as I look at photos of faces of the kids I interviewed in 2006 on my maiden HEAR US journey. They, along with our generous supporters, made this improbable dream project possible.
            In the five years since I met these courageous youngsters, much has happened. Our nation’s economy was ravaged. Global events upended the world as we knew it. And domestic homelessness and poverty soared, with policymakers and communities stymied, particularly about families and youth, too often invisible and forgotten.
            HEAR US. Now more than ever, this unconventional effort is essential. If homeless children, youth and families lose their voice and visibility, their plight will be even more dire, an unthinkable option.
            My promise to each of the kids I interviewed on my first trip: I would make sure their voices are heard and their faces seen by as many people as possible. That is happening.  Audiences from Congress to California are inspired and disturbed by the first HEAR US documentary series, My Own Four Walls.
            Our new film, on the edge, also promises to upend traditional thinking about homelessness, challenging status quo, demanding solutions.
            HEAR US continues to be a vital force in the effort to give homeless kids and families voice and visibility—to ensure the realization by our nation’s leaders of the tremendous resource that these young people represent, and to urge implementation of short and long-term solutions.
            I am honored to continue the daunting campaign of “using” these kids and women to inspire a compassion epidemic. They demonstrated a tremendous amount of determination to risk sharing their “secret” so others in this same situation will benefit. Their courageous resolve motivates me. Their dire plight, and that of millions of struggling kids and families spurs me and others to steadfastly pursue every relief possible.
Thank you for  your interest and support.
Diane Nilan, President"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Diane Nilan

HEAR US Inc.

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