Evin M. Daly - Miami/Dublin
Maranie Rae, photo-journalist - Pittsburgh
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What is Homeless Names?
Homeless Names is a project designed to humanaize our street-bound homeless population and change society's attitudes towards these individuals. Our homeless population are invisible to most of us and are treated as objects - not people - to be avoided at all costs. In addition to the trauma expereinced by those on our streets, society's treatment of them as less than human is a tragic reflection on us, as individuals and as a culture. Homeless Names seeks to show that our homeless population are real people, with backgrounds, histories and stories much like our own. It does so by taking photographic portraits of our homeless along with whatever personal information that they feel comfortable sharing.
How it works.
We spend a little time talking to the person who agrees to be photographed, discussing their past and current circumstances. We provide referral services for any immediate need he or she may have. In addition, if they choose to, they provide their name, hometown, occupation and any bit of their history they want to give. In parting we give them a small amount of cash and a gift.
The majority of homeless people receive help and srvices in the form of shelter, food, housing and job's assistance, medical and mental health services and a way back to getting a place to live. These are by definition substinence servcies -- nothing luxious, purely fnctional. Others, including children, live on the street for myriad reasons: they don't like shelters, they don't think that they fit into society, they have drug and alcohol addiction problems, some are older and are tired of trying, others have simply given up. Women have a particlualry tough time as they fall victim to assault and rape by fellow homeless men and women, and societal predators.