Homelessness occurs when someone “lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence.” This definition, however, fails to take into account the true hardships and complexities of what it means for a person to be without a home. Because of prejudice and negative perceptions, living on the streets often makes someone invisible. For this reason, the voice of a homeless person, while audible, may not truly be heard.
Our country was founded on the premise that no voice should go unheard and no injustice unchallenged. It is thus imperative that our country upholds this principle by listening to our equals, housed or un-housed. The Faces of Homelessness Speakers’ Bureau is a program of the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) in which individuals who have been un-housed speak about their experiences. Such a forum educates the public and generates understanding about the plight of the homeless. It is through such understanding that we as a country can identify the root causes of homelessness and seek out solutions to end it.
On July 25th, NCH will host a public forum on homelessness that will celebrate the voices of the homeless. Join us, as T. Sanders, David Pirtle, Steve Thomas, and John Harrison reveal their personal experiences with homelessness.
Can You Hear Us?
Date: July 25th, 2012
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: Taras Shevchenko Park, 23rd and P Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20037