Housing Insecurity

By Quetzalli Cortez

Finding affordable housing in Cook County is becoming increasingly difficult. With few options on the market, families may be evicted from their current home, forced to couch surf, or even end up in homeless shelters. These books may help parents with the tough task of explaining a difficult housing situation. Resources for parents are also included.

  • Still a Family

    2017 by Reeves Sturgis, Brenda

    A little girl and her family have just lost their home and must live in a homeless shelter. Unfortunately, due to the shelter's policies, her dad must live in a separate men' shelter, away from her and her mom. Despite this, they still manage to see each other at the park every day, reminding the little girl that, though they may be apart, they are still a family. Ages 4-8

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  • I See You

    2017 by Genhart, Michael

    This wordless picture book shows a homeless woman who is unseen by everyone around her, except for a little boy. Ages 4-8

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  • The Old Man

    2018 by V., Sarah

    An old man wakes up hungry after a cold night on the streets. Drifting from place to place, looking for food and shelter, he is met with kindness when a young girl gives him a sandwich. Ages 5-8

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  • Kids Growing up without a Home

    2010 by Fields, Julianna

    Using facts, graphs, and statistics, this book explores the many dimensions that can affect a family. It tackles specific subjects such as teen parents, runaway children, and the intolerance that gay and lesbian parents face, among many other topics. Ages 10+

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  • The Bridge Home

    2019 by Venkatraman, Padma

    Four homeless children in India are determined to survive in an indifferent and uncaring world. When tragedy strikes, the children must decide between asking strangers for help or relying on themselves to make it. Ages 10+

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  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

    2016 by Desmond, Matthew

    This book examines how evictions went from being rare to becoming ordinary--especially in the case of single working mothers. Based of years of field work and data, the book offers new ideas on how to address the housing crisis. Ages 15+

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  • The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

    2017 by Rothstein, Richard

    A groundbreaking history of how laws and policies passed on local, state, and federal levels set up segregated housing and encouraged discriminatory practices in cities. Ages 15+

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  • Social Welfare: Fighting Poverty and Homelessness

    2014 by Lane, Mark

    This book addresses social and ethical issues faced by people in America experiencing homelessness. Each chapter takes an in-depth look at one topic, using statistics and graphs to draw conclusions. The book includes resources on health care, food security, and housing. Ages 15+

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