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“The Marathon was very eye opening.” -- Rachel Hester, executive director, Campus for Human Development.

“This is as real as anything I’ve ever been a part of…This is a great thing. This has brought focus.” -- Fresno Mayor Alan Autry

“The Marathon was better than ever this year. We were proud to be a part of it! -- Chad Carrothers, news director, WFHB, Bloomington, IN

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The 17th Homelessness Marathon Tuesday, February 17th, 2015.

14 hours from Tuesday 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 a.m. ET, Wednesday, February 18th from Sarasota, FL.

The Truth About Homelessness

These facts are not part of the national dialog about homelessness (such as it is).


* Other countries take different approaches to homelessness than we do, and some do a much, much better job of preventing it than we do. They do things like keep families in their homes, even if the state has to pay the rent for a long time, because they know that the financial and social toll of homelessness would be far greater.

* For many years now, official homelessness policy in the United States has revolved around encouraging a plethora of local initiatives usually called something like "A Ten Year Plan To End Homelessness." What has been missing from all of these ten-year plans is a date on which, according to the plan, homelessness would actually end. The plans were never more than public relations gimmicks, they have massively failed, and they do not represent a serious attempt to resolve the homelessness crisis.

* Recently, unofficial homelessness policy across the United States has been to criminalize homelessness, like something out of Dickens' time. Homeless people are routinely rousted, arrested and driven from their encampments, which, for many of them (especially women), represent their only place of safety. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development does not withhold funds from communities that treat homeless people badly. HUD simply doesn't care.

* Before the 2007 financial crash, there was one (still unrecognized) group of people sounding the alarm. Homeless advocates tried to warn people that our modern crisis of homelessness was not caused by people gone bad, but by a system gone bad, and that this malfunctioning system would attack more than the poorest of the poor. Sure enough, the global economy nearly collapsed, because of a burst bubble in (not-coincidentally) the U.S. housing market. The message from homeless advocates is still the same: widespread homelessness is a symptom of a cruel economy tricked up to help only the rich.


The 16th Homelessness Marathon is available for rebroadcast

Hour One: Click here
Hour Two: Click here
Hour Three: Click here
Hour Four: Click here
Hour Five: Click here
Hour Six: Click here


Video

Watch 1st 4 Hours of 2009 Homelessness Marathon:



Excerpts from the 7th Annual Homeless Marathon:





The 11th Annual Homeless Marathon, Part I.











The 11th Annual Homeless Marathon, Part II.


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The Homelessness Marathon's mission is to raise consciousness about homelessness and poverty in America and around the world. We operate on a shoestring budget and the dedication of volunteers, so your contribution will really make a difference.