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YouTube and the New York Coalition for the Homeless

YouTube hosts a variety of videos featuring homeless people.

Some clips are sophomoric, exploitative, and cruel. Others represent earnest attempts to document life on the street and to capture first-person stories. (Note to well-meaning auteurs: please dispense with the saccharine background music.)

The site includes two clever, 30-second scenarios: “Box” and “Scaffold.” Original high-def versions are available on the New York Coalition for the Homeless homepage.

CFTH offers substantial information for anti-poverty advocates and publishes an annual Resource Guide for low-income New Yorkers, including a searchable electronic version. Check it out!

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