We are all Homeless

Willie Baronet buys signs from the homeless for $20.00.

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The “WE ARE ALL HOMELESS” Project – an introduction

This project began in 1993 when Willie started buying and collecting signs from the homeless. Over the past few years he has developed art work using the signs, as he has pursued an MFA in Arts & Technology at UTDallas.

In the Fall 2009 semester he was challenged to develop an art project that would be interventionist in nature, meaning that it would cause some interruption in our daily lives, which resulted in the development of WE ARE ALL HOMELESS.
The project is going to be a series of “flash mob happenings,” where a few dozen people holding up authentic homeless signs will converge on an intersection or other public location(s). Some of the team will be armed with video cameras and/or other recording devices to capture conversations between the public and people involved in the project. (Exact times and locations still being determined).

The purpose of the project is to raise awareness about homelessness, and provide information and resources to people who want to help. And to change the preconceived ideas many people have about the homeless and their situations.

Thanks and blessings for your interest in helping the homeless.

Willie Baronet

We are all Homeless


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3 comments

  1. Thanks for sharing this. Homeless single parent, women households is the fastest growing homeless population. The men and women we have helped regain housing all work in jobs that include: tellers, teachers, teacher assistants, call center reps, cashiers, retail sales reps, admin assistants, etc. A key is homeless people have lost their support group and do not have a network who can help.

    Plus, there are different types of homeless people in addition to the homeless families. There are chronic homeless who are disabled, who do not have a good education, have a substance abuse, have a mental issue or could be dual diagnosed. Some of these folks are veterans, which is a shame that we let this happen. If we can house the chronic homeless, it will be far cheaper, more effective and more humane. The acute homeless are the ones who fall into homelessness like the women above or men who have lost their job, lost hours of work, had a healthcare crisis, had a domestic violence situation or car broke down. We must do our best to help folks climb a ladder or find some stability.

    I am sorry for the soap box, but as a volunteer board member, there remains so much misunderstanding over why folks are homeless. I would encourage all to get involved in some way as these folks need a hand up not an hand out. BTG

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