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.
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