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George Siletti

After living in foster care for 7 years, George became an emancipated minor and found himself homeless at 16 years old sleeping in the woods. 

George spent the next 30 plus years hitch-hiking around the country, visiting 49 states including Hawaii. The one state he did not get to, - Alaska.  George would work odd jobs as he went from town to town. He would find places to live in the woods, shelters, benches, under bridges, homeless. 

George eventually found himself in Washington, DC where he met up with NCH and Michael Stoops.  George has been speaking with the bureau since 1996. After living in St. Luke’s shelter for six months, in 2003, George found a place to live with the help of the Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place and Anne Frank House.

George is happy now to get junk mail, to have his name in the phone book and to have his very own keys.  You can find George at Starbucks in Tenleytown (DC). 

You can read more of George's story here! [PDF]

If you would like to invite George to speak at your school, church, organization etc…please contact NCH at 202-462-4822  or email speakersbureau@nationalhomeless.org.

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

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