David worked as a chimney sweep for 23 years in Minneapolis, but when the economy crashed, work slowed and he lost his job. Both David and his wife ended up homeless going from shelter to shelter. Right now they are couch surfing, staying in a over-crowded apartment with friends.
I cannot imagine living homeless in Minnesota. David tells the story of how they lived under a freeway bridge for a time, and were lucky to not be hurt when the bridge collapsed.
Mike told me the shelter makes people blow into a breathalyzer to get in at night. I understand and actually support abstinence based models as long as there are other ‘low barrier’ options in the community available. Alcohol and drugs eventually take over a person’s life and they cannot simply quit. By only allowing sober people into the homeless shelter in severe weather states like Minnesota, chronic alcoholics are then refused services when they need them the most.
It is completely unacceptable that people like Catherine, and there are many, go through the homeless services system over and over and over just to return to the streets! It is completely unacceptable that Catherine’s only hope now is to have a major surgery so she can be placed in a nursing home! It is completely unacceptable that several homeless service agencies have given up on Catherine!
Please share Catherine’s powerful story with everyone you know. My hope is that somehow this video will get seen by the right people who will take action to help fix the broken homeless services system. While we say “whatever it takes”, the real truth is people just like Catherine die on the streets everyday! With the boomer generation reaching the senior years we are going to see a lot more people like Catherine living without adequate housing and support. If we cannot take care of one senior woman in fifteen years time we’re in a whole lot of trouble next few years.Distributed by OneLoad.com
As a society, we must stop this rotation from jail to homelessness and then back to jail. Right after this video Austin Police stopped in front of us. For a second, I thought they were after me for some reason, but then I remembered Soda Pop was behind me, and quickly the police officers placed their attention on my new homeless friend. The criminalization of homelessness does not solve homelessness, it just increases taxpayer costs!
As you can tell by his smile, Joshua is excited to have the opportunity to make a few bucks and meet some new people.
Normally Joshua survives by food hand-outs from homeless shelters. Joshua said with the money he will make that day he’s going to grab some fast food and a hotel room with air conditioning. Before you judge, in his shoes, you’d probably do the same thing.
David worked as a cook for 20 years but cannot find work. Their goal is to become a financially independent family and to have a place of their own. They try their best to stay positive about their situation and their future. Tish says, “We’re homeless; we are not less human.” They both want society to know homelessness is not a disease.
Truth is, most of us are only one paycheck away from being in their situation. There is someone you know that has lost their job and is living in crisis. You may not be able to pay their mortgage, but you can help them forget their crisis at least long enough for a dinner and a movie. Please- after watching this short video- take real, tangible action to help someone in need.
Invisiblepeople.tv is a great site for listening to the street stories told by real people about what it’s like to be invisible.
Rob speaks very candid about the recidivism of homeless people being placed into housing and, mostly because the housing was a wrong fit, or lack of community, or real support, the person goes back to living on the streets. Its the side of the housing first model you don’t often hear about. The pressure to get housing placements up is felt by all homeless services. Often to meet those numbers, people are placed in housing that is not a match for their needs. The pressure needs to be placed on getting people into the right housing and not just any housing!
When I asked Ron for his three wishes he responded, “Eating, sleeping, or for using the bathroom, there should never be a charge! If I’m paying for my freedom, then I purchased a lie.”
via Rob | Invisible People.tv