Grab your virtual reality headset to watch this powerful VR180 video of a homeless man panhandling in San Francisco. This video will play on a mobile device or desktop, and you can move your phone or mouse around to see more than you would on a regular video. But in a headset, you’ll experience Eric “flying a sign” in 3D, and it’s really really cool!
Eric is a good guy with a kind heart, but like many Americans these days, Eric lives outside houseless. Eric has been homeless in San Francisco for six years. He panhandles to survive.
Eric shared the realities of life on the streets. Near the end of the video, Eric takes us to where he sets up a makeshift home out of street barricades. Although Eric seems to have a positive attitude, it’s heartbreaking when he takes us inside to show us how he sleeps!
Here is the video from the first day I met Eric
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Producer: Mark Horvath
Producer/Editor: Jordan Mann
Associate Producer: Peter Jung
Spatial Sound Design: Noctvrnal
Camera: Kevin Kunze
Recorded on: Insta360 EVO
Special thanks to YouTube and VRScout for inviting Invisible People to be a part of the VR Creator Lab.
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There is a direct correlation between what the general public perceives about homelessness and how it affects policy change. Most people blame homelessness on the person experiencing it instead of the increasing shortage of affordable housing, lack of employment, a living wage or the countless reasons that put a person at risk. This lack of understanding creates a dangerous cycle of misperception that leads to the inability to effectively address the root causes of homelessness.
We imagine a world where everyone has a place to call home. Each day, we work to fight homelessness by giving it a face while educating individuals about the systemic issues that contribute to its existence. Through storytelling, education, news, and activism, we are changing the narrative on homelessness.
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However, there is more work to be done on the road ahead. Homelessness is undoubtedly one of our biggest societal issues today and will only continue to grow if we don’t take action now.
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