When I was a child...
a photo documentary of homelessness in America
Ask any child what they want to be when they grow up and you will most likely hear,
“When I grow up I want to be a doctor or an astronaut, or a teacher.”
You will never hear, “When I grow up, I want to be homeless”.
Yet, on any given night in America, more than 567,715 Americans are living in the streets, under bridges, in the woods, living homeless. Each January, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development conducts a Point in Time Census, a literal counting of our homeless, as well as an extensive research study examining the many facets of homelessness. This information helps us to better understand our nation’s neediest people.
Over the past three years, I have made it my mission to learn what the homeless have to teach us all. This photo documentary shares the stories and portraits of our homeless from Miami to Seattle. It dispels the many myths surrounding the homeless and shares the struggles of homelessness in America. The goal: To bring awareness to the scope of homelessness in this country and to unite us in our effort to end this epidemic.
Meet more than one hundred homeless individuals through their portraits and stories by hosting this exhibit. For information on how you can help educate your community regarding the plight of the homeless in America, please contact Joanna Biondolillo at 843-860-8617 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I was recently told by one curator that their gallery books two years out. My gentle reply, “In two years some of these people will be dead.” As I write this, I think of those I met in Chicago where in the winter they are exposed to temperatures below zero or those in Austin where the temperatures they will endure in the summer are over 100 degrees.
How is it that we have failed hundreds of thousands of Americans, more than 107,000 of whom are children? How is it that we allow fellow human beings to literally freeze to death on the streets of the richest country on the planet? Once again had an increase in homelessness in 2019. The homeless are telling us what they need to get back in the game. So, why won't we let them play?