The number one cause of homelessness is lack of affordable housing. There is a direct correlation between the increase in homelessness and rising rents yet a vast majority of people believe people are homeless by choice, that homelessness is their fault, and that the solution to end homelessness is as simple as “getting a job.”
“Get a job” is probably the most popular phrase posted in the comment section. Even if there were jobs, employers are not hiring homeless people.
And it’s going to get worse. There are more truckers than any other profession and in 5 to 10 years trucks with drive themselves. Automation will kills jobs in every vocation.
Robby is homeless Gainesville, Florida. He relocated looking for work after he was laid off in Miami. He worked for a bit but when that ran out he ended up on the streets.
Robby looks for employment and tries to pick up day labor jobs when he can. He says it’s challenging to even find tempt jobs anymore.
Robby’s three wishes: food, shelter, and a job.
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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.