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article imageEmotional video about homelessness goes viral

By Tim Sandle     Jul 20, 2014 in Odd News
Orlando - A new campaign is attempting to breakdown the stereotypes usually associated with the homeless and show that, in a post-recession economy, losing your home happens to everyday people.
This takes the form of a new video which has gone viral. The video has been made by a campaign group called Rethink Homelessness. The video is titled "Cardboard Stories."
For the video, the group asked homeless people they encountered in Orlando to write down a fact about themselves that other people wouldn't know just by walking past them. According to the YouTube site: "their answers may surprise you."
The campaign group came about as "an initiative of the Central Florida Regional Commission on Homelessness, dedicated to finding solutions to the problem of homelessness in our Central Florida communities."
In this region, the vast majority of long-term-homeless residents have some sort of disability, according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel. They are veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder; men and women with mental illness; or people with severe physical disabilities.
The most recent homeless census put the number there at about 900 individuals. In Osceola County, which has an estimated 300 chronically homeless residents. Expanding this further, there are over 47,000 homeless people in Florida, which equates to about eight percent of the total U.S. homeless population.
With the video, a novel approach as been taken. The video features individuals with facts about themselves written on cardboard signs. These facts break down the idea that homeless people are hopeless, showing the people - all of which are actually homeless - to be educated, athletic or ill. In a few weeks the video has received over 700,000 views.
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