A friend of mine sent me this video recently. While this certainly does not reflect the story of every person on the street, it does show something of the progression many of them go through in their descent from "normal" life to homelessness.
They are a nuisance to some, frightening to others, and repulsive to many.
Names Of The Homeless exists to promote and publish the stories of the people who live on the streets. These are people who once had hopes and dreams much like yourself... until something happened. They made a bad decision, they got caught up in drugs or alcohol, they could never get past that gambling addiction, or life just dealt them a bad hand.
Some of them have college educations; some have lost their white-collar jobs; some were never able to recover after the death of a loved one. There are homeless people who are truly lazy, and others who have rejected any place in regular society because they would rather shirk responsibility, but that doesn't mean they are any less worthy of common respect or decency. Even the lazy ones have interesting things to say. The Homeless are people with names and stories just like everyone else; Names Of The Homeless is here to share them with the world.
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Do you have a fascinating story about homelessness that you'd like to share with the world? E-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll put it on the site!