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Invisible People

Facing My Biggest Fear: Homeless Again In 30 Days (By Choice)

Mark Horvath | Posted 08.01.2011 | Impact
Mark Horvath

As with most anything there is a paradox in life. As I find the courage to face my fears, I am also finding freedom.

My First Night Homeless: A True Story

Mark Horvath | Posted 06.20.2011 | Impact
Mark Horvath

If you've never been homeless, it's tough to describe that first night sleeping on the street. The fear and disillusionment are almost paralyzing.

Interview with Barbara Poppe, Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness

Mark Horvath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Mark Horvath

In this short interview, Barbara Poppe talks about President Obama's "Opening Doors: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness".

Nan Roman, President of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, on the State of Homelessness in America

Mark Horvath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Mark Horvath

For this short interview I asked Nan to sum up the report on State of Homelessness in America.

Canadian Churches Using Housing First Model

Mark Horvath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Mark Horvath

Most, if not all, church recovery programs are very picky on who they allow in. The 'housing first' model helps the most vulnerable who are ignored -- yet need our help the most.

A Tent City Like You've Never Seen: Dignity Village (VIDEO)

Mark Horvath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Mark Horvath

In my years of traveling helping to change the story of homelessness I must say Dignity Village is probably the coolest community I have experienced.

Open Our Eyes: Homelessness Unveiled (VIDEO)

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Stephanie Rudat

Collectively, we have the power to take simple actions of learning more, donating, volunteering, and sharing to bring solutions to homelessness.

Tent City Interview at Camp Take Notice

Mark Horvath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Mark Horvath

These people should not have to live homeless like this. Point blank: the only reason tent cities exist in the first place is because the shelter system is broken.

We Are Visible: Mark Horvath Launches Website To Empower The Homeless With Social Media

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

"If it wasn't for Twitter, I'd be homeless," Mark Horvath confidently declares. "It's not Twitter, it's the people using Twitter. It's technology, but...

Interview With Neil Donovan From The National Coalition For The Homeless

Mark Horvath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Mark Horvath

I was invited by Neil Donovan from the National Coalition for the Homeless to talk about grassroots advocacy: being the change that is needed.

Without Identification, People Can't get off the Streets

Mark Horvath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Mark Horvath

Replacing a lost ID can be one of the biggest road blocks to getting a homeless person off the streets. One organization in Central Florida, however, helps the less fortunate get over this hurdle.

Imagine Spending Your First Night Homeless on Your 18th Birthday.

Mark Horvath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Mark Horvath

I was crossing a street in Salt Lake City and saw Sergei. That day was Sergei's 18th birthday. That day was also his first night homeless.

Human Trafficking and the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth in Kansas

Mark Horvath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Mark Horvath

Human trafficking and sexual exploitation of youth is a very real crisis in America, yet most of the funding to fight it goes to organizations that deal with international trafficking.

State of Utah Will End Homelessness

Mark Horvath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Mark Horvath

I met a wonderful woman at a senior homeless facility that was recently opened by State of Utah. Marian was homeless in Reno, then lived in a shelter, before going into the new facility.

Homeless Youth Labor and Sex Trafficking in Denver

Mark Horvath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Mark Horvath

Impoverished young people in Denver are routinely promised jobs with good pay and travel, but it's a scheme to traffic them into hard labor. Urban Peak gets kids out of these situations.

Tunnels Under Las Vegas

Mark Horvath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Mark Horvath

Ever since the people living in the tunnels under Vegas hit the news, people have been asking me to go visit. I found out today that my new friend, Matthew O'Brien, was the one who first broke the story to the media.

100,000 Homes for 100,000 Vulnerable Homeless Americans by July 2013

Mark Horvath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Mark Horvath

The plan: 100,000 homes for 100,000 of the most vulnerable homeless Americans by July 2013. I believe it's going to happen and that Common Ground can do it!

Heroes in Fighting Youth Homelessness - Safe Place

Mark Horvath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Mark Horvath

Safe Place is a simple idea. When teens have a problem often they don't have anyplace to go -- so Safe Place offers them exactly that. My hope is that they will bring youth homelessness to light.

Help Change Lives on Hollywood Boulevard

Mark Horvath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Mark Horvath

For most of the last 26 years, I have lived near Hollywood Blvd., and in 1995 I literally lived on it -- homeless and hopeless. I am proof that even the worst street person can change for the better.

Imagine Dropping Your Grandmother Off to Sleep on a Sidewalk

Mark Horvath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Mark Horvath

The Glendale Winter Shelter closed early this year, leaving around 150 homeless people with no place to go. Three weeks ago, I was in the outreach van when we found Elaine sleeping on the sidewalk.

She Sleeps on the Sidewalk Because It's Illegal to Sleep in Her Car

Mark Horvath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Mark Horvath

The thing keeping Sandy unemployed? Her age. She says that's the main factor keeping her from finding work, and she's living a "completely miserable" life on the streets.

Robert's Wish

Mark Horvath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Mark Horvath

On the windy streets of Chicago, people pass Robert as if he were invisible. This homeless man has a simple wish: he wants friends.

How Do We Help People Like Clifford?

Mark Horvath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Mark Horvath

For Clifford, life on the streets in Chicago is hard. He's ready and willing to work, but options are hard to come by. How do we help people like Clifford get off the streets?

Fighting Cancer and Homelessness

Mark Horvath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Mark Horvath

Paul is a cancer survivor, yet now has to fight for his life living on the streets of Los Angeles. He was in the hospital for over three months, and has now been homeless for four days.

Alaska's Homeless Seen Through The Eyes Of A Police Officer

Mark Horvath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Mark Horvath

As someone who abused alcohol for years, I can empathize with some of Anchorage's homeless -- many of whom have lost all family and friends due to their addiction. We must not give up on these people.