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Mark Horvath
Everyone talks about social media's potential to democratize and empower those less fortunate. Mark actually makes that happen. Mark, or @hardlynormal as the Internet knows him, is an internationally recognized activist who tells the story of the countless individuals without a voice -- those living in shelters, motels, tents, alongside streets and under highway bridges. His platform,, is one of the most revolutionary and poignant storytelling destinations on the web. Mark's work is extraordinary because he not only helps solve the systemic, scaled problems surrounding homelessness by destroying stereotypes, but he also helps individuals, every day.

Entries by Mark Horvath

It's Not 'Wet Housing' -- It's Just Housing

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 12:14 PM

When I landed in Seattle last month, I received an email from Daniel Malone, who at the time was Deputy Director of DESC and is now Executive Director. In the email, Daniel asked me what I wanted to see during my visit. While still on the plane typing...

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Using Tent Cities to Fill a Gap in Services

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 2:43 PM

Los Angeles Times reported transient encampments and car camping grew 85% countywide in the last two years. This week the Los Angeles City Council voted to make it easier for authorities to clean up homeless camps, but Seattle has found another solution by embracing tent communities.

With the...

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CSH's Community Activists Speak Up!

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 3:26 PM

Empowering homeless people and those who were formerly homeless by sharing their individual stories encompasses the majority of the work I do through Invisible People. This type of work is critical primarily because people who are currently experiencing or have experienced homelessness are grossly underrepresented at every level, from...

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Please Call Your Senator Today to Help Millions of Homeless Kids

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 12:48 PM


BACKGROUND: Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) has filed the Homeless Children and Youth Act as an amendment to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015. The amendment could be voted on...

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Over 900,000 Homeless Kids Are Invisible to HUD. We Can Change That!

(1) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 6:30 PM

When I worked as an outreach case manager in Los Angeles, nothing was more heartbreaking than when I would have to turn a homeless family away because U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development didn't feel the family was "homeless enough." Denying services to homeless families and unaccompanied homeless children...

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Insite Loves People Right Where They Are

(1) Comments | Posted November 16, 2014 | 1:06 PM

I first visited Insite in summer of 2011. At the time, I didn't know what I was walking into. I never heard of a "supervised injection clinic" before, which is how most people describe Insite. I think Insite is much more than that because Insite loves on everyone right where...

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Homeless People Tweeting in Amsterdam

(1) Comments | Posted November 2, 2014 | 2:41 PM

Recently I was honored to be flown to the Netherlands to present at the 2014 International Fundraising Congress. As part of my honorarium I asked for two nights hotel in Amsterdam. As I normally do on most speaking trips, I fill my luggage with Hanes socks and plan on spending...

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Why We Should Empower Homeless People with Technology: Meet James

(4) Comments | Posted September 14, 2014 | 1:16 PM

Over the years several people experiencing homelessness have reached out to me online. Each experience in itself was unique and always beyond amazing. Ann Marie was the first and she taught me so much about homeless people using the internet. Rd was another, and both women...

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Tiny Homes Will Not End Homelessness -- Community First! Village Will

(1) Comments | Posted August 30, 2014 | 9:40 AM

Seems like it's only been a moment since Alan Graham first invited me to Austin to see the amazing work he is doing. Since then, I have visited Mobile Loaves & Fishes more than any other nonprofit homeless services. The reason for that is simple: Alan and his...

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Nonprofits: Are Your Clients Integrated Into Your Organization?

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 3:09 AM

This week I am in London helping St Mungo's Broadway Recovery College develop a video program for their clients. When I arrived, I was met by Andy Williams, Head of Client Involvement and Personalization. Being from Hollywood, I am pretty used to hearing some interesting job titles, but...

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Rescue Missions of the Future: Speaking to the Faith Community About Housing First

(10) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 11:06 AM


Caution! Some content may be offensive. My hope is you'll get mad enough to do something.

I've been asked to weigh in on Housing First. But in order to really start that conversation, I want you to know that I firmly believe the...

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Taking Steps to Ease Affordable Housing Crisis in Los Angeles

(2) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 8:26 PM

I would argue that perhaps the biggest crisis facing America today is our lack of affordable housing. I would also argue that our lack of affordable housing has the biggest influence on the increase of people experiencing homelessness. In addition, if we were actually able to increase affordable housing units,...

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Ithaca Rescue Mission Launches to Fight Rural Homelessness

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2014 | 4:37 PM

No matter what size of the city or community where you live, homelessness is a crisis everywhere. Rural homelessness, however, greatly differs from urban homelessness. Seeing people sleeping on the streets, is much less common in rural America, yet just because poverty and homelessness may be more hidden, it doesn't...

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Interview with Jama Shelton: Ending Gay and Transgender Youth Homelessness

(1) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 10:05 PM

Many of you know me as a follower of Jesus and those of you that have been paying attention also know me as a "straight ally." To me, I actually believe both of those descriptions of me are connected. I know many faith based organizations are frantically scrambling...

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Community First Is a Brilliant Model to End Homelessness

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 6:42 PM

This actually is a hard post to start because there is so much to say about Alan Graham and his amazing work helping our homeless friends. Back in July of 2009, Alan was partly responsible for talking me into taking the risk of the traveling around the U.S. to document...

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LAPD Officer Deon Joseph on Public Feedings in Skid Row

(2) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 1:21 PM

I first became aware of LAPD Senior Lead Officer Deon Joseph a few years back, when two Christian documentary filmmakers featured his amazing work on Skid Row. I literally was blown away by this strong Christian man's love for a community that is in desperate need...

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Clean Out Your Closet to Help End Homelessness

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2014 | 1:04 PM

I'll admit it: I was wrong! Very wrong! Up until I connected with the Rescue Mission in Central New York, I pretty much thought giving directly to people was the best way to give out gently used clothing. Often people contact me and say: "We have clothing we'd like to...

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It's not Housing First or shelters. It's Housing First AND shelters!

(6) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 9:41 AM

We have a problem. A very serious problem that is getting worse. A problem that we created! A problem that is polarizing homeless services in communities when we ALL need to be working together to end homelessness. The problem is that the only conversation these days is Housing First, and...

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Coke Gave Us Santa. Hanes Is Helping to Fight Homelessness.

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2013 | 4:25 PM

The Santa Claus we all know today -- that big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard -- was brought to us by Coca-Cola. From 1931 to 1964, Coca-Cola advertising showed Santa delivering toys, pausing to read a letter and enjoy a Coke, visiting with the children...

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Homeless Persons' Memorial Day: a Day That Shouldn't Exist

(1) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 1:34 AM

When a homeless person dies in Los Angeles and no relative claims the body, the person's body is cremated. Once a year, all the remains of bodies that are unclaimed, are then buried together in an unmarked grave. How I know is because I researched after a friend of mine...

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