Carlos

Featured Video Play Icon

When I asked Carlos what it was like on Skid Row he said it was a “terrible feeling” and that you feel like a failure. Carlos says that homelessness “dehumanizes” you.

Carlos has been on the streets of Skid Row for a year and a half, ever since he got out of prison. It a sad fact about today’s society, that after a person has paid the price for their mistakes, we continue to punish them. Once you have a felony it’s nearly impossible to find a job. In most States, you cannot get food stamps or other support. Homelessness or committing more crimes to survive are often the only two choices!

Carlos said something true that I hope haunts you as well as it haunts me. He said, “at least in prison you have everything you need. Out here you don’t”!

I am not sure if you are aware that the use of private prisons are growing, and that private prisons are public companies with their stock traded on Wall Street. Their business model to investors is to keep jails full. There is zero incentive to help people get back into society. Add to that 60% of people in jail today are nonviolent drug offenders! Does anyone but me see how horrible this is?

I have a lot of respect for Carlos. It’s not easy fighting to get your life back, but that is just what he is doing. As Carlos points out and you’ll hear me say – we do not make it easy for people to get out of homelessness.

Before we’ll ever come close to ending homelessness we need to fix how people from jails and prison reenter society. It’s really a slap on all of our faces that so many men and women go from being incarcerated to homelessness!

Special thanks to Los Angeles Mission

Invisible People

Invisible People

           

We imagine a world where everyone has a place to call home. Until then, we strive to be the most trusted source for homelessness.

Related Topics




Get the Invisible People newsletter




RECENT STORIES

Disabled Veteran Says Las Vegas Treats Homeless People the Worst

Brian

homeless 41.18 los angles

Robert

Timothy Displaced 53 Times by Police and Homeless Sweeps

Timothy

Paul Is Homeless Sleeping Rough in London

Paul


RECENT ARTICLES

People surviving homelessness

The Numbers Don’t Lie: Drug Addiction is Not a Leading Cause of Homelessness

Money for homeless people

Boston Fintech Company Offers Homeless People Prepaid Debit Cards

Fighting for People Surviving homelessness

People Surviving Homelessness Need Us to Join Their Fight

Homelessness in Seattle

Seattle’s New Way of Measuring Homelessness Produces Startling Results

Get the Invisible People newsletter