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January 17, 2009 / compassioninpolitics

Stories of Homeless People and Homelessness in the United States | Invisible People TV

Stories of Homeless People in America

What does homelessness look like? The Homelessness problem is a complex problem which has befuddled “experts” for ages. Invisible People is an video blog which provides video interviews of homeless individuals. You can follow Invisible People on Twitter for updates.

Click over and check it out. You won’t be the same after…

[I believe all the homeless people in the videos are in Los Angeles California]

Citizen Journalism for Social Justice
Personally, I think this is a great project and a fantastic example of citizen journalism for social justice. In cities like Nashville, we live in the suburbs and don’t have to encounter homelessness in anyway comparable to say New Orleans or Washington DC. Even in those situations we are often tempted to a) look the other direction b) drone on by c) ignore their pleas for money, food, or help. This is a great step in the direction of awareness for homelessness issues, because it makes the homelessness problem human.

Facts and Statistics about Homelessness in America

The Policy Alamanac reports:

• On any given night in America, anywhere from 700,000 to 2 million people are homeless, according to estimates of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty.
• According to a December, 2000 report of the US Conference of Mayors:

• men comprise 44 percent of the homeless, single women 13 percent, families with children 36 percent, and unaccompanied minors seven percent.
• the homeless population is about 50 percent African-American, 35 percent white, 12 percent Hispanic, 2 percent Native American and 1 percent Asian.
• According to the 1996 National Survey of Homeless Assistance Providers and Clients (NSHAPC):

• single homeless individuals in 1996 reported an average income of $348 during the last 30 days, about 51 percent of the 1996 federal poverty level of $680/month for one person.
• 28 percent said they sometimes or often do not get enough to eat, compared with 12 percent of poor American adults.
• 44 percent did paid work during the past month.

Homelessness News and Resources:

National Coalition for the Homeless
Facts about Homelessness
Homelessness News on Alltop


Leave a Comment
  1. Ruben Botello / Jan 20 2009 2:01 pm

    TO: President-Elect Barack Obama

    FROM: Ruben Botello, Founder

    Dear Mr. Obama:

    I have been in and out of homelessness since being honorably discharged as a USMC Vietnam veteran in 1969. I wound up homeless then, in and out of homelessness with my two sons in the Eighties, and homeless on my own again in the Nineties.

    I started the American Homeless Society in 1987 while my sons and I were homeless in California. I have been in several hunger strikes, marches and demonstrations for homeless rights since then but have seen little progress.

    My longest hunger strike was 58 days against President Reagan’s “trickle down” economic policies that created much more instead of less homelessness in our country. You now speak about fixing our nation’s economy from the “bottom up” and that should mean you are starting by ending involuntary homelessness at the bottom.

    HUD Secretary Philip Mangano has been promoting 10-year plans to end homelessness in major cities across the country on behalf of the Bush Administration for the past few years. We would hope and pray you make a similar commitment to abolish homelessness but throughout our nation, not just in individual cities because there are far more homeless than these urban plans will ever reach.

    Slavery was abolished in America over a century ago; why not abolish homelessness today, Mr. Obama? Homelessness is just as bad as slavery in several ways and much worse in others.

    Men, women and children from all the races, colors, cultures, nationalities, ethnicities, religions and creeds in our diverse society find themselves homeless daily. They are forced to endure harassment, discrimination and persecution in our nation today much like the slaves President Lincoln’s armies fought to free in the Nineteenth Century.

    America’s homeless are also forced to endure nature’s harshest conditions without warm homes or shelter for protection; without good food and nutrition; without essential hygiene, medicine and healthcare; and without the necessary education, training or experience required to qualify for the dwindling supply of jobs in today’s worsening economy. Many of America’s homeless today are even employed but underemployed and unable to afford existing rentals while thousands of others are altogether unemployable.

    How can our great nation permit so many of these poor souls to continue to suffer and die needlessly on our streets? I joined the Marines to fight for my country in the Sixties so that all Americans could have a better life, not just the rich and well-to-do who are receiving all the bailouts today.

    The list of barriers and obstacles facing today’s homeless goes on and on, Mr. Obama. Please, if you are serious about fixing our nation’s economy from the bottom-up, begin at the real bottom by making a firm commitment to end involuntary homelessness throughout our country without further ado.


    Ruben Botello, Founder

    • antonio / Aug 30 2011 12:14 am

      great letter. heartfelt and true. I have been homeless for so long, but the people who could help couldnt care less. Its sad to live in a country where the rich ignore their brothers and sisters just because they were born poor. NO ONE SHOULD BE LIVING AND DYING ON THE STREET ! there is no excuse. America, lets be fair and humane.

  2. compassioninpolitics / Jan 20 2009 3:20 pm

    Hello Reader,

    I believe this is a scam, because it re-directs you to the Traffic Swarm. Or at the very least thats unethical that it eventually redirects you.

    If it was legit, I wanted to give him a chance to speak his mind.


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