Man Spreads Homelessness Awareness on YouTube

InvisiblePeople.tv Tells Stories of the Homeless

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Saturday was Invisible People.tv day at YouTube. InvisiblePeople.tv is a site/project that utilizes social media tools like YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace to spread awareness about the growing homelessness problem.

The channel was featured on YouTube’s home page over the weekend, and YouTube discussed it in a company blog post, speaking with Founder Mark Horvath.

"We’re always inspired by the people who use YouTube as a way to document how the other half lives, and Mark Horvath is a great example," writes YouTube Nonprofits & Activism Manager Ramya Raghavan. "As the founder of Invisible People. tv, a project that encourages homeless people across the United States to tell their stories on YouTube, he has sparked a discussion on the site about poverty and hunger. Mark’s videos are a raw and real depiction of what it’s like to live in a tent city, under an overpass, or within a cardboard box."

Hovrath has collected hundreds of interviews with homeless people around the world, and the InvisiblePeople.tv YouTube channel has many of them available to view.

The purpose, the channel says, is to make the invisible visible. "I hope these people and their stories connect with you and don’t let go," Horvath says. "I hope their conversations with me will start a conversation in your circle of friends."

The channel is the #44 most subscribed to nonprofit on YouTube.

Man Spreads Homelessness Awareness on YouTube
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    This is a great example of good use of video storytelling – helping us to see what previously we were ignoring or just ignorant of….

  • Ray

    Hey, a shout out to my homeless people under them bridges in Portland Oregon! Keep strong! I’m glad for these vids and articles. I will help all I can with awareness! Let the world know you all are not drunkards, lazy bums or drug junkies! LOL.

    Yeah, I lived under a bridge for a while in Portland Oregon. I’ve never done drugs, drank alcohol or smoke cigarettes. A nasty divorce, child support for 3 kids, alimony, bankruptcy and a woman really out to get you can get you living under a bridge easily these days. Don’t laugh at those guys. You can be there at any time. The are not all bad or lazy bums. Many of them are people with serious mental problems and many are professionals. Thank God my entrepreneurial spirit saved me. Now I own my own home, have a profitable business and living life. Next time when you see a beggar asking you for 25 cents, wonder what’s his story and give it to him man! I used to laugh at the homeless and labeled them as drug junkies and lazy bums too. Not all of them are like that. You could be there at any time these days.

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