I first met Charlie online in our support group for homeless people that Invisible People facilitates. Then a few months back we met in person. At the time, Charlie was living in a tent and working full-time
Working while trying to survive homelessness is extremely challenging. Charlie got sick and went into the hospital in Pasadena. When you live in a tent outside, it’s hard to stay healthy or to recover from a sickness. Charlie had to call in sick too many times and lost his job.
Charlie is been in the hospital eight or nine times in the last year. It’s common for homeless people to be in and out of hospitals. As taxpayers, we pay for that. Housing homeless people not only saves lives it saves taxpayer money.
Even though Charlie is still homeless and now without a job, he keeps a positive outlook. Charlie believes he’ll get another job.
Charlie shares about video blogging and how vlogging is therapeutic to him. What I didn’t know until this interview is that Charlie started vlogging because of my work on Invisible People’s YouTube channel. You can find Charlies YouTube channel here:
UPDATE: Since this video was recorded, Charlie found a room to rent to get inside. Charlie moves in July 10th. We need to fix California’s affordable housing crisis to prevent homelessness and get every homeless person inside.
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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.