Ed has lived homeless in the United Kingdom for the last seven years. His ex-partner walked out the door with both of his kids, his best friend, and all of his money.
In many cities, anti-homelessness laws such as making it illegal to panhandle continue to increase. In Cardiff, Wales it’s illegal to beg for money. Homeless people caught begging for money get arrested and fined. Ed says the fine is around £80 or $107 in USD. It makes little sense to fine homeless people for panhandling when they have zero income to pay for the fine.
Ed shares that homeless people get to the point where you question what’s life worth. He had a friend that committed suicide over sleeping rough.
Homelessness is dangerous. One of Ed’s friends was kicked to death by teenagers over a pack of tobacco.
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Since its launch in November 2008, Invisible People has leveraged the power of video and the massive reach of social media to share the compelling, gritty, and unfiltered stories of homeless people from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. The vlog (video blog) gets up close and personal with veterans, mothers, children, layoff victims and others who have been forced onto the streets by a variety of circumstances. Each week, they’re on InvisiblePeople.tv, and high traffic sites such as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, proving to a global audience that while they may often be ignored, they are far from invisible.
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