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Cheryl Middleton

Cheryl Middleton is a single mother of three wonderful children and as a family they have all experienced homelessness together. It is with this experience that she has moved forward with her family on a mission to educate and help formulate a plan of action to help end family homelessness.

She is professionally educated, articulate and works very hard to take care of and raise her family and knows how important it is to teach her children along the way to break the stereotypes and myths that are attached to homelessness and other societal indifferences and barriers. She has held many positions in some of the top law firms in Boston and she has taken all of her experience in dealing with lawyers and clients and turned it into learning how to deal effectively with �the system� and all that goes along with it.

Cheryl is presently a board member of Homes For Families and an advocate who is actively pursuing affordable housing issues in her hometown community of West Medford in order to learn more about the process and how to enable other communities to follow suit. She is also a board member of Medford Community Housing and a member of the City of Medford Affordable Housing Task Force. She works directly and indirectly with the Mayor of Medford on the issue of affordable housing in her city.

Her family is also involved in the Give Us Your Poor project, which is a documentary about homelessness across the United States. This project also has a companion CD for which she recorded a track with Natalie Merchant and other artists, and her daughter Kyla recorded a track with Dan Zanes.

She recently co-taught a Public Policy series at a shelter in Revere in an effort to bring the Homes for Families Public Policy series outside of Boston, and into the suburbs where homelessness also quietly exists. She also actively participates in many opportunities for public speaking to raise awareness about homelessness and to advocate for change: both socially and economically.

It is her passion to help others because she has been there and knows firsthand how it feels to be at one of the lowest points in your life when you think no one is there for you or could possibly help you.


National Coalition for the Homeless
2201 P Street NW
Washington, DC 20037-1033

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