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The Avodah Blog

Making the Invisible Visible

Fourteen years ago, Mark was homeless. Today, he’s the blogger behind InvisiblePeople.tv, a simple but heartrendingly effective blog that affords us intimate access into the lives of individuals who sleep on our streets. InvisiblePeople.tv has a single mission: To make the invisible visible. Traveling around with a video camera and handing out fresh pairs of white socks, Mark offers each person the opportunity to share their story.

Meet Vernon: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RIwvyqdErI]

This is Sergei: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=276RZVt-SDk]

And this is Jean, who says, “I consider anywhere that I’m with my children [to be] ‘our home’.” : [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zm_YS_ZIY3s]

For more information on America’s homelessness epidemic, visit the National Coalition for the Homeless. To learn more about fair housing resources and policies, visit the National Fair Housing Alliance. Closer to home, 15 AVODAH Corps members are currently working on the front lines of housing justice in Chicago, New Orleans, DC and New York. Learn more about each of their placements below:

In Chicago, Daniel Riff works at the Heartland Alliance; Ali Terkel is placed at Supportive Housing Providers Association; and Rebecca Ratner is working at Inspiration Corporation.

In New Orleans, Mollie Flink’s placement is the New Orleans Women’s Shelter; Leah Varsano works at the Jericho Road Episcopal Housing Initiative; Ross Peizer serves at Rebuilding Together New Orleans; and Elena Pinsky advocates at the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center.

In New York, Emily Hoffman works at Neighbors Together; Jessica Levine is places at Tenants and Neighbors; Avital Aboody works with the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board; Sara Lempert works at the Urban Justice Center’s Mental Health Project; and Hilary Neher’s placement is the Urban Justice Center’s Homeless and Outreach Prevention Project.

In Washington, DC, Larissa Wohl is at N Street Village; Michal Rosenoer works at the DC Jewish Community Center; and Shayna Tivona is at Housing Unlimited.

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