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  • 29Sep

    Walking a week in a homeless shoe

    In March of this year Yusef Ramelize took a week out of his life to live on the streets on New York City as a homeless person. This sacrifice was made in a bold attempt to raise money and awareness for homelessness.

    From homelessforoneweek

    I plan to do this every year until I feel that the homelessness problem has gotten the attention it deserves. My goal is to raise money and awareness about homelessness through video blogs and interviews.

    Many of us have become numb to the trials of homelessness; as someone with a home-grateful for my home-I believe it’s important to bring back our sensitivity about this important issue that truly can happen to any one of us at any time. For most, being homeless is not a choice. 2007 was the worst year for family homelessness in modern history, with more than 9,000 families in shelters each night and I’m sure the numbers are going to be much worse in 2008.

    The money raised will be donated to different homeless organizations, shelters or food banks every year. 100% of all the money collected will be donated. This year the money will go to the Coalition for the Homeless. Their contact information and website link are listed under “This year’s pick”

    I am not an expert on the statistics of homelessness. But I know it’s a serious problem. The New York City Department of Homeless Services provides a daily census of homeless individuals in the city. On Thanksgiving night, while many of us were feasting with friends and family, over 36,000 people remained without a home and 16,000 are children.

    During my 2009 homeless venture I spent mornings, afternoons, evenings, and nights in the Union Square and Penn Station area. I talked to homeless individuals, collected their stories, and blogged about everything I learned. I uploaded my clips to YouTube and I will continue to blog about all my 2009 homeless-for-one-week experiences through May 1st.

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