Re-Think Homelessness: It Can Happen to Anyone…And it Did (Watch)

Homeless Man on the Street

*And we’ll never be royals. It don’t run in our blood. That kind of lux just ain’t for us. We crave a different kind of buzz. Let me be your ruler. You can call me Queen B. And baby I’ll rule. Let me live that fantasy. — Lorde

Dang. Anytime being homeless is treated as a crime…Seriously?

Did you know that you can be arrested for sleeping in your car, sitting on a curb, or begging in certain public areas? This is the outcome in at least 43 percent of U. S. cities.

And in Hawaii, state Sen. Tom Brower went so far as to smash homeless people’s shopping carts with a sledgehammer. 

Nobody thinks this can happen to them…

until it does.

Rethink Homelessness, a nonprofit organization in Florida, is dedicated to humanizing the issue of homelessness and the people impacted by it.

In the powerful video below, they asked homeless people in Orlando to write one surprising fact about themselves on a piece of cardboard. The results were powerful.

“I once had a scholarship to play baseball,” one young man wrote. “I have a degree in biology from West Virginia University,” reveals another. One woman who used to be a personal trainer held up a faded business flier along with a sign that read, “Believe it or not.”

Another homeless woman said, “I have a job.”

Watch the powerful video below. If it doesn’t encourage you to rethink homelessness nothing will.

“We’re driving Cadillac’s in our dreams.”–America’s homeless
The following statistics are alarming: 
 
564,708 people in the U.S. are homeless*. According to a recent report, over half a million people were living on the streets, in cars, in homeless shelters, or in subsidized transitional housing during a one-night national survey last January.

 

RELATED: 2016’s Shocking Homelessness Statistics – Social Solutions*

#homelessnesscanhappentoanyone #dontgetcomfortable

Song: “Royals”— by Lorde

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