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The Homelessness Marathon

America's only national broadcast focusing on
homelessness and poverty

The 21st Homelessness Marathon live broadcast took place on July 24, 2019 from 10 A.M. to midnight, originating at WMBR in Cambridge, Massachusetts. You can listen to the archived broadcast at archive.org.

Many different people have been called "Homeless Heroes" for many different reasons.  We present a few of their stories here.

August 6, 2015, Fresno, CA - A homeless man, Paul Deleon saves teenager who is being attacked.  

March 27, 2015, Washington, D.C. - Ketrell Ferguson is profiled as a "homeless hero" for helping to stop an attempted rape.  

April 6, 2009, Philadelphia, PA - Cheri Honkala is profiled as a "homeless hero" for helping to organize America's poor.  (Honkala is a member of the Homelessness Marathon's board)

May 12, 2009, San Rafael, California -  Stephen "Walker" Bonspille doesn't see
himself as a hero, but others seem to disagree.  Though homeless, he
was given an American Red Cross Heroes Award, for his "everyday heroism" in
helping other homeless people.  http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_12356766

May 16, 2009 - On any given night, only a very small percentage of homeless veterans, often called "homeless heroes," have beds available to them.

December 16, 2009 - Faron Hall, a homeless man, was honored by the City of
Manitoba and also by a Taiwan-based group for saving two people, in two separate incidents, from drowning in an icy river.

April 24, 2010, New York City - Hugo Alfredo Tale-Yax, a homeless man  wounded
while saving a woman from a knife-wielding attacker, is left to  bleed to death
in a New York City street. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/04/24/homeless-hero-ignored-dying-nyc-street/

May 2, 2010, Portland, OR - A homeless man fights off a thief trying to rob a
store (video). http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23802682-video-homeless-hero-fights-off-robber.do

July 8, 2010, El Paso, Texas - Gustas Bozarth, a homeless man, won praise for
braving driving rain and high winds to rescue an American flag that had been
brought down by the storm. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/07/07/people-search-way-donate-homeless-man-saves-flag/

October 15, 2010, USA - On any given night, an estimated 6500 female  veterans
are sleeping in cars, shelters or on the streets. http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Homeless-Female-Veterans

October 25, 2010, Florida, Seventh grader, Zach Bonner, is hailed for walking
thousands of miles to help homeless people. http://uspoverty.change.org/blog/view/my_homelessness_hero_is_still_in_the_7th_grade

November 19, 2010, London, England - Adan Abobaker, who is homeless, jumped into the Thames to save a young woman from drowning.  While he was rescuing her, someone stole his clothes on shore.

November 25, 2010, Tempe, AZ - Dave Talley, a homeless man who found $3300 in
cash and returned it to its rightful owner, ate his Thanksgiving dinner in a homeless shelter despite having received gifts that would enable him to eat elsewhere.  http://www.kpho.com/news/25921239/detail.html

December 1, 2010, Scotland - Keith McGregor, who is homeless, rushed into a
burning building and saved a deaf man who had not been able to hear the fire
alarm going off. http://www.thesun.co.uk/scotsol/homepage/news/3253924/Deaf-man-saved-by-homeless-fire-hero.html

December 13, 2010, Burlington, VT - Mike Buchanan, a homeless man, tackled a
mugger who had stolen a purse and held him until police arrived.  Beth Danon, the intended victim, said her passport and "everything" was in her purse, calling Buchanan, "My hero."