Hennepin Co. Exhibit Shows Portraits Of Homeless

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A new Hennepin County exhibit strives to make sure that homeless people are not faceless.

“Homeless Is My Address, Not My Name” opens Monday in the skyway level of the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis. It runs through April 30.

The exhibit features portraits and audio stories of people who have been homeless. It is presented by St. Stephen’s Human Services in partnership with Heading Home Hennepin and Family Housing Fund.

An opening reception will be held Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. Hennepin County Commissioner Gail Dorfman and Tom Fulton of Family Housing Fund will discuss ways to end homelessness.

The exhibit is sponsored by the Hennepin County Office to End Homelessness and Heading Home Hennepin.

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  • John

    We bail out the bankers. but let our own veterans,familys and citizens sleep on the streets?

    Something’s not right, somethings very wrong.

    • Cindy

      Wonder how many homeless could be helped instead of spending tax money on an art project?

      • Anita Newhouse

        A U of MN study has shown that MORE will be helped by an exhibit liike this. When everyday people are confronted with the visual, audio and unavoidable reality of homelessness it becomes harder to dismiss it as someone else’s problem. The reality is that homelessness is everyone’s problem-it’s a systemic problem. Everyone has a role in solving systemic problems. We -as opposed to other developed countries-just don’t want to take respnsibility. When people wake up to the reality that everyone requires some level of support, be it roads and bridges built in their commity or affordable housing and transportation options, in order to be able to make their place in the world, our country will truly ROCK. That is REAL American exceptionalism, not the glossy media-packaged farce that we’re spoonfed.

        • Cindy

          So the U of MN uses public money to fund a study that found that another tax payer funded organization should use their appointed tax dollars not to help their intended targets but to put on an art exhibit instead? Got it.

          Why not try I guess after all its not “real” money right? And maybe some bureaucrat walking by in the Gov. center will be touched by the pictures and next year there will be more money for more paintings!!!

          Meanwhile the “visual, audio and unavoidable reality of homelessnes” remains all over the place downtown year after year. But at least we can have paintings of them!

  • inky stool

    Homelessness is a disease we can all count on. Put money in the right pockets and all will be well and according to plan. It’s OK that some people get put out so that a very few may thrive. Seriously, what would we do without those elite that manipulate our local, state, federal governments to supplant their own ends? If you had the power to keep the money, wouldn’t you?

  • Loretta

    Homelessness is not a disease, and housing is not an entitlement

    • Libby

      How dare you Loretta?

      This is America and everyone is entitled to a house that they can afford! We cannot be a truly great country until everyone’s basic needs are met and that is true whether they can pay for it or not!

      • PL

        Libby you are right everone is entiled to a houes THAT THEY CAN AFFORD…and in there lies the rub if they could afford a home they would have a home….

        HOWEVER if it were me in this picture I would have walked across the street looks like theres some grass over there, softer than the sidewalk!!

  • Meg

    It is unfortunate that this space is being used to negatively debate such a harsh reality in our community. Let us respect the genuine efforts of those who are truly involved in battling homelessness (St. Stephen’s Human Services, Heading Home Hennepin and Family Housing Fund). If we disagree with the tactics and strategies of their efforts, that hopefully will only inspire us to do what we see as being more effective.

  • Colleen

    Thanks, Meg for your thoughtful comments. I would invite Cindy and Loretta and others who think they know who the homeless are to get involved. As the middle class continues to disappear in this country, there are many families who are homeless or near homeless and many others who are one illness or one paycheck from homelessness. The lack of compassion in some of these posts is stunning! The downtown congregations are doing amazing work toward ending homelessness, but we could always use more help. Any takers?

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