Homelessness in the spotlight

An internationally renowned video sharing website raised awareness of the growing problem of homelessness by having an Invisible People TV day.

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

YouTube Non-profits and Activism Manager Ramya Raghavan said: “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.

 “As the founder of InvisiblePeople.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 44th most subscribed non-profit channel on YouTube.

The website shone the spotlight on homelessness with videos from InvisiblePeople.tv for 24 hours.

Commercial recycler and social welfare charity Recycling Lives, offers those facing an uncertain future in the UK the opportunities needed to enable them to change their lives for the better.

The homeless, the workless, the socially excluded, the educationally disadvantaged, those suffering personal tragedy, and ex-servicemen struggling to adjust are offered accommodation, education, training and work experience at the purpose built centres.

Expansion plans are currently gaining momentum with 50 new centres planned throughout the UK in the next five years. Ten of those will be in the North West alone.

Recycling Lives Founder and Chairman Steven Jackson said: “Recycling Lives offers those searching for the opportunity to change their lives the skills, knowledge and work ethic needed to succeed. Recycling Lives has proven it can break the cycle of homelessness and worklessness and help those in need gain full time employment and independent living.

“Like Mark, Recycling Lives is shining the light on the growing problem of homelessness in a bid to find a solution for those members of society needing help now and to make homelessness a problem of the past.”