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Mark Horvath

Why We Should Empower Homeless People with Technology: Meet James

Mark Horvath | Posted 09.15.2014 | Impact
Mark Horvath

Over the years several people experiencing homelessness have reached out to me online. Each experience in itself was unique and always beyond amazing.

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

Mark Horvath | Posted 09.03.2014 | Impact
Mark Horvath

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 and Fishes more than any other nonprofit homeless services. The reason for that is simple: Alan and his team place people first!

Nonprofits: Are Your Clients Integrated Into Your Organization?

Mark Horvath | Posted 09.28.2014 | Impact
Mark Horvath

By including clients in every aspect of a charity, the organization is transformed immediately into a nonprofit that can adopt to the real needs of the people they serve. Plus, clients will develop self-worth and ownership in their own lives and the charity.

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

Mark Horvath | Posted 07.12.2014 | Impact
Mark Horvath

I firmly believe the faith-based community is our best chance of ending homelessness. However, we must adapt to new models and new ways of thinking, and we must embrace disruptive change to help better serve our communities.

Taking Steps to Ease Affordable Housing Crisis in Los Angeles

Mark Horvath | Posted 04.29.2014 | Impact
Mark Horvath

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.

Ithaca Rescue Mission Launches to Fight Rural Homelessness

Mark Horvath | Posted 06.27.2014 | Impact
Mark Horvath

My travels have taken me through most every large shelter in North America, and I always get a smile when I first walk into rural services. In contrast to spaces in large shelters, the "Friendship Center" in the Ithaca Rescue Mission, is more like a living room.

Interview with Jama Shelton: Ending Gay and Transgender Youth Homelessness

Mark Horvath | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact
Mark Horvath

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.

Community First Is a Brilliant Model to End Homelessness

Mark Horvath | Posted 05.19.2014 | Impact
Mark Horvath

Each year as I visit SXSW in Austin I always make it a point to spend some time with Alan Graham, and each year he has something new and amazing going on.

LAPD Officer Deon Joseph on Public Feedings in Skid Row

Mark Horvath | Posted 04.06.2014 | Impact
Mark Horvath

No community should ever get to the point where public feeding has to be regulated, and if it does, it our fault as Christians that it got that far.

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

Mark Horvath | Posted 03.05.2014 | Impact
Mark Horvath

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 communit...

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

Mark Horvath | Posted 02.21.2014 | Impact
Mark Horvath

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...

Generosity: The Lucky Helping Those Less Lucky Than Them

Rachael Chong | Posted 02.19.2014 | Impact
Rachael Chong

As for all the people we've profiled in this series, what ties them all together is that they share is a common and unmistakable trait: they truly believe that who they are and what they have is due in large part to luck.

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

Mark Horvath | Posted 02.18.2014 | Impact
Mark Horvath

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...

Amazing Look thru Google Glass of a Tent City in Rural America

Mark Horvath | Posted 02.01.2014 | Impact
Mark Horvath

Carmen Guidi, from Second Wind Cottages, was nice enough to give me a tour of one of this countries most infamous tent cities. Known as The Jungle, th...

Could a Tiny House Movement End Homelessness?

Mark Horvath | Posted 01.29.2014 | Impact
Mark Horvath

Carmen Guidi has an incredibly huge heart As he showed me around Second Wind Cottages, and told the stories of the men who will soon call the place h...

I'm Thankful I'm One Of The Lucky Ones Who Was Saved From Homelessness

Mark Horvath | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Mark Horvath

What has four wheels and carries a turkey? Unless you own a turkey farm, chances are that the bird in your oven took a spin in a shopping cart. Most ...

Coordinated Entry Helping Los Angeles House Homeless People

Mark Horvath | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Mark Horvath

Imagine a system where thousands upon thousands of stakeholders pretty much did their own thing without communicating or coordinating with other stake...

New and Improved Rescue Mission: Rescue Mission Alliance of Syracuse

Mark Horvath | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Mark Horvath

As I was driving into downtown Syracuse, I noticed a traffic sign pointing to The Mission District, which is home to the Rescue Mission Alliance of Sy...

@home's Latest Webisode: Youth Homelessness in Chicago

Mark Horvath | Posted 12.11.2013 | Impact
Mark Horvath

More than 1.35 million children are expected to experience homelessness in the United States in a given year, representing 39% of America's homeless p...

Check out the House That FreeFest Built

Mark Horvath | Posted 11.21.2013 | Impact
Mark Horvath

I am so excited about being able to share this story. Not only have I been wanting to visit the House that FreeFest built ever since I heard about it,...

Social and Economic Crises Increase Youth Homelessness

Mark Horvath | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Mark Horvath

It's pretty much common sense that a bad economy will influence youth homelessness both in the present and in the future, but I never thought about th...

Amid Stagnant Poverty Rate, Here Are 7 People Helping Us Out Of This Mess

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg & Jessica Prois | Posted 09.19.2013 | Impact

The Census report released Tuesday showed that poverty figures have remained abysmally stagnant for six straight years, but the people determined to p...

La Casa Norte: a Champion of Change Fighting Youth Homelessness

Mark Horvath | Posted 11.17.2013 | Impact
Mark Horvath

Last year while visiting Chicago I met a young man who was 19 years-old at the time. Jermire had been homeless since the age of 13, but thanks to the ...

Covenant House Missouri Feels like Home

Mark Horvath | Posted 11.15.2013 | Impact
Mark Horvath

My very first interaction with a Covenant House was years ago when I was going to college to be a drug and alcohol counselor. I applied at Covenant Ho...

How Do You Help Young People? Listen to Them!

Mark Horvath | Posted 11.14.2013 | Impact
Mark Horvath

"How do you help young people? listen to them! It really is that simple. Sandwiches are sandwiches, a shower is a shower, a bed's a bed! But for too l...