Fighting Homelessness with Social Media

by | Jul 1, 2011 | Poverty: Analysis and Responses | 1 comment

Advocate Mark Horvath Highlights Real Stories of Homeless in U.S., Canada The InvisiblePeople.tv project – the nationally-recognized nonprofit that tackles poverty and homelessness using the power of social media – is set to launch its first international road trip. Mark Horvath, homeless advocate, creator of InvisiblePeople.tv  will make his way across the U.S. and Canada over the next four months to raise awareness and smash stereotypes about the plight of North America’s homeless.

“This will be my third major road trip with InvisiblePeople.tv and the goal remains the same: To make the ‘invisible people’ in society more visible by bringing them out of the shadows where they are ignored,” says Horvath, who was once homeless himself. “We’re using video and social media to expose the pain, hardship and hopelessness that millions of people face each day.”

On any given night, more than one million people sleep without a home to call their own. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, 80 percent of individuals and 90 percent of families are homeless due to economic reasons.
Since its launch in November 2008, InvisiblePeople.tv 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 InvisiblePeople.tv road trips provide Horvath a chance to document the stories of homeless across the country, share them with the world and try to bring about positive change in their lives and in society as a whole.

The 2011 International Road Trip is co-sponsored by GMC, Hanes, Murphy Oil (USA) Petro-Canada (Canada), TubeMogul, Sprint, Pitch Engine, and Delta Hotels. The trip will take Horvath and InvisiblePeople.tv to 34 cities throughout Canada and the U.S.

San Jose, Calif. – June 26-28
Eugene, Oregon – June 30
Seattle – July 2-3
Victoria, – July 5-6
Vancouver, British Columbia July 7 – 10

 

1 Comment

  1. jbf

    St. Vincent de Paul lane County was honored to receive a visit from Mark Horvath with InvisiblePeople.tv and Hardly Normal.
    Mark came to St. Vincent de Paul because he was interested in the Overnight Parking Program, a legal camping program that works with families and single adults

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