This poster campaign is our effort to “re-humanize the homeless”. These quotes come directly from homeless individuals right here in Boston, and we didn’t change a thing. We wanted to stay true to their voice. Most people would never take a couple seconds to ask a homeless person their name; much less their story, and hopefully this campaign will help change some people’s perspective regarding the poor and less fortunate in this city. Homelessness in this commonwealth has risen, and recently there were articles about how family homelessness has gone up. This is unacceptable. Ignoring the problem wouldn’t make it go away, and its about time we started to take action.
Oftentimes when it comes to the homeless we tend to have a habit of reducing them to problems or projects. Some people take a couple negative stereotypes about homeless individuals, which for some might be true, and cast them on the entire group. Or we reduce them to projects, which is just as harmful. We hope to break this way of thinking and show everyone that the poor among us are not problems or projects, but people. Yes, some of them have issues. Yes, many of them are not perfect and have made mistakes, but when all is said and done we aren’t that much different. We want to remind this city that individuals who are experiencing homelessness are people too, and they deserve to be treated with dignity.
SO YOU SEEN THE POSTERS AND YOU’RE WONDERING WHAT CAN YOU DO? HERE ARE THREE THINGS YOU CAN DO
1. You can call your legislature and urge them to support House Bill 1129 aka the Homeless Bill of Rights. You can learn more about it here https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/House/H1129
2. You can be a human to an individual experiencing homelessness. You don’t have to give them money to make an impact, and as a matter of fact we wouldn’t encourage giving money, but rather food and supplies instead. However if you see an individual experiencing homelessness treat them like a human being…Ask them their name, if you have time listen to their story, and if possible connect them to resources in the area that could help them.
3. Lastly get involved with us. Samaritans Steps is an organization that wants to see homelessness, specifically youth homelessness, eradicated in this great commonwealth. In the past we participated in legislative advocacy, direct outreach, clothes drives and more. We plan to continue these efforts as well as introduce new and exciting initiatives and events in the upcoming months. There are many ways you can get involved with us. You can volunteer with us, donate to the organization, follow us on social media, etc. We cant end homelessness alone, but united we can do anything.