At some point today, be sure to swing by YouTube’s homepage. The website spotlights homelessness with videos from InvisiblePeople.tv for 24 hours. Mark Horvath created InvisiblePeople.tv “to inspire people who live in tent cities, in shelters, and on sidewalks to share their stories on YouTube”.
Mark’s mission and story are nothing short of inspiring. You see, he understands homelessness better than most Americans, because he lived on the streets of Hollywood for years. And now, he’s trying to “smash stereotypes about America’s most forgotten citizens”.
Mark mentions some sobering numbers in the video below:
- 50% of the homeless population consists of women and children
- 39% of the homeless population are children under the age of 18
- Average age of the homeless is nine years old
Still, experts are predicting one million home foreclosures will occur in the near future. The possibilities are staggering.
Also, the YouTube video collection comes at the midway point of Mark’s 2010 Road Trip U.S.A. He’s traveling to 28 American cities, interviewing homeless individuals every step of the way.