The Role Social Media Plays in Helping Curb Homelessness

From 1990 to 1994, Mark Horvath had a great job in television syndication, and yet by 1995 he was living homeless on Hollywood Blvd. He eventually rebuilt his life back to a 3-bedroom house with a new car and marketing job, only to have it all stripped away again in 2008’s economic nosedive. After 19 months of intermittent unemployment and almost facing homelessness a second t ...Read the full article

Mark Horvath and Invisible People Fighting Homelessness

Since its launch in November 2008, Invisible People has leveraged the power of video and the massive reach of social media to share the compelling, gritty, and unfiltered stories of homeless people from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. The vlog (video blog) gets up close and personal with veterans, mothers, children, layoff victims and others who have been forced onto the streets by a variety of circumstances. Each week, they're on Invisible People and high traffic sites such as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, proving to a global audience that while they may often be ignored, they are far from invisible. Invisible People goes beyond the rhetoric, statistics, political debates, and limitations of social services to examine poverty in America via a medium that audiences of all ages can understand, and can't ignore. The vlog puts into context one of our nation's most troubling and prevalent issues through personal stories captured by the lens of Mark Horvath - its founder - and brings into focus the pain, hardship and hopelessness that millions face each day. One story at a time, videos posted on Invisible People shatter the stereotypes of America's homeless, force shifts in perception and deliver a call to action that is being answered by national brands, nonprofit organizations and everyday citizens now committed to opening their eyes and their hearts to those too often forgotten. This short video is the trailer of @home, a documentary that tells the story of modern U.S. homelessness and one man's fierce commitment to end it. Mark Horvath and Invisible People travel around North America using social media to fight homelessness. Click here to see more video previews from @home http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL51CPD51hq2RVqpAdbh-NgDdQSF-GBV57 Kindling Group is the production team behind the @home documentary, following the work of homelessness activist Mark Horvath (aka @hardlynormal), and to produce a smartphone game for change that you can play in your community. For more information visit http://www.athomedocumentary.org