Denise | Invisible People

Denise


Denise and her kids spend their days in a public park in Salt Lake City.  They once had stable housing, but when the building they were in was foreclosed on, Denise had to move her […]

Denise

Denise and her kids spend their days in a public park in Salt Lake City.  They once had stable housing, but when the building they were in was foreclosed on, Denise had to move her family into a homeless shelter.

If you are wondering what they are doing in a park everyday, the typical homeless shelter model kicks families out during daytime hours, even with young kids, even in freezing weather. They will tell you it’s to motivate them to go look for work or something. But let’s get real, a mom with young kids cannot look for work without childcare, so kids end up hanging outside often in the bad parts of town getting all the wrong influences.

When I taped this interview, Denise had 12 days to find an apartment before she would lose her section 8. I had a wonderful time getting to know Denise and the other families in the park that night. I do hope she was able to find adequate housing.

 

 

This Invisible People road trip is made possible by  Sevenly and Virgin Mobile USA, who are partnering to end youth homelessness through Virgin Mobile USA’s initiative, RE*Generation. For more information please click here.

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  • Simbalage21

    I am now homeless. I too am disabled and have 2 kids. We lost our house in Detroit and are forced to have no place to go. I am using internet @ someone’s house to research where to go from here. My wife has been spending every day looking for work here in Michigan and there is nothing. If you wouldn’t mind sharing some of the do’s and don’t that are with living off the street I’d be appreciative.

  • cugihffbjgfrv

    u are very cute u sexy boy

  • Simbalage21

    Still homeless. though staying @ friends and family during cold and bad weather stil need a home to call home :(

  • http://hardlynormal.com hardlynormal

    So very sorry. Visit http://wearevisible.com for a peer support group that has just started

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