Anthony’s mom was the primary provider. When she died from colon cancer he ended up on the streets homeless.
Anthony has been homeless for two years now. He has gone from place to place and has tried most homeless shelters. Anthony didn’t feel safe in the shelters so he now sleeps at Union Station in Washington DC.
Union Station is a large train station only blocks from the United States Capital. I walked around yesterday handing out socks and I was blown away by how many homeless people use Union Station as a day center.
Homelessness is increasing in almost every city while support for homeless people continues to decrease. Public transportation hubs and libraries are now filled with homeless people. For a young homeless man like Anthony, Union Station provides a safe place to get inside.
We need to provide safe shelter spaces that offer a path out of homelessness into housing.
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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.