Eric is homeless in San Francisco. He relocated to the area trying to get his birth certificate. Without proper identification, it’s nearly impossible to get support.
Eric has tried homeless shelters and transitional programs. He shares that after a short period of time, they kick people back out onto the streets. Eric also says shelters are horrible places suggesting that people should not believe what they read and go check out the shelters for themselves.
The public believes homeless people make a lot of money panhandling but the truth is begging for money is demeaning and dangerous. While panhandling, people spit on you, call you names, pour hot coffee on you, and throw objects with the intent of causing harm. It’s a horrible way to raise a few dollars but when people don’t have an income they have to survive somehow.
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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.
Invisible People goes beyond the rhetoric, statistics, political debates, and limitations of social services to examine poverty in America via a medium that audiences of all ages can understand, and can’t ignore. The vlog puts into context one of our nation’s most troubling and prevalent issues through personal stories captured by the lens of Mark Horvath – its founder – and brings into focus the pain, hardship and hopelessness that millions face each day. One story at a time, videos posted on InvisiblePeople.tv shatter the stereotypes of America’s homeless, force shifts in perception and deliver a call to action that is being answered by national brands, nonprofit organizations and everyday citizens now committed to opening their eyes and their hearts to those too often forgotten.
Invisible People is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the way we think about people experiencing homelessness.