mark harvoth – invisible people

mark harvoth

ran into Mark the first year (2009-2010?)- when we started looking at home less ness and human trafficking.

he’s amazing.

his work is amazing.

find/follow/support him:

invisible people site


1. world peace

2. that people could understand how other people felt

this interview was recorded in april 2013.  Catherine died april 30, 2013.

invisible people


what we decided to do is start listening..


up – uncultured project

apart from being homeless, we’re just like anybody else..   – eric sheptock

 _______________ (@invisiblepeople)RT @LindsayFultz #ItGetsBetter: Homeless Teen Named a Top Science Student in…
Mark Horvath (@hardlynormal)
4/27/12 10:57 PM
even though I was homeless, homeless service agencies would not hire me because I didn’t have enough experience with homelessness #honest


with Gary Vee at pepsi award


about 2:29 talks about youth homelessness

In this short interview Barbara Poppe talks about President Obama’s “Opening Doors: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness”.
The plan has 4 key goals:

  • End chronic homelessness by 2015
  • Prevent and end homelessness among veterans by 2015
  • End family, youth and child homelessness by 2020
  • End all forms of homelessness

youth homelessness:
at the federal leve 15-24 nothing in place – they are in need of something involved with ed
no dept of youth services at federal level – all addressed through education and housing services

interview from 2009-2010










covenant house..








tiny  house post

Dignity Village, Carmen Guidi, Alan Graham, boneyard studios,…



mark harvoth update


tedx 2014:

the cycle we have – hospital care – at $45000 a shot.. then they are back on the street.. that could have got them housing..

i feel human again..

housing first.. saves lives and saves money


living spaces

and unauthorized home less ness



6/22/16 5:49 AM
LAPD orders officers to show ‘compassion and empathy’ to homeless people
ordering compassion and empathy…
that’ll work..

The policy was a “good start,” but didn’t go far enough, said Carol Sobel, a civil rights attorney who has successfully sued the city over how it treats the homeless. The key, she said, will be for the LAPD to monitor officers to ensure they’re abiding by the new guidelines.

“We’ll believe it when we see it,” Sobel said. “You can hand out all the policies you want – that doesn’t make a difference unless you put enforcement behind it.”

oh my
the key…
yeah.. monitor the monitoring.. always works..
makes them friendlier (#sarcasm)
on Pam Palmater via

Mark Horvath (@hardlynormal) tweeted at 6:44 AM – 1 May 2018 :

I was going to be all nice and in my talk then @Abbeycatluvsme got me thinking about WWPD (what would @Pam_Palmater do) and now I am torn. For reference, this is Pam’s talk at @CAEHomelessness and is the most honest talk I have ever heard in this sector


Mark Horvath (@hardlynormal) tweeted at 6:00 AM – 25 May 2018 :

I do not know of even one situation where a homeless person gets the support they need quickly. Not one. It doesn’t happen. The norm is to connect to services multiple times over several years and not get help. That’s a very real problem! We need less process, not more!! (


too much ness

2 convers.. as infra


@monk51295 13/ Oh, yesterday every homeless person we talked to has a smartphone. All of them are on Facebook. One person said he has an account but hates FB and doesn’t use it. Engaging people via their phone will save lives and money but the sector still does nothing to use tech like this

Original Tweet:

tech as it could be..

from same thread:

2/ officially chronically homeless. The sector has moved to focus on just chronically homeless people. I once supported that but I no longer think it’s the smart move for a few reasons. 1) We have to do something to help people first entering homelessness that do not fit…

Original Tweet:

working while homeless et al


Mark Horvath (@hardlynormal) tweeted at 7:07 AM – 28 Oct 2018 :
Last year I was part of the @With1V delegation that traveled to Montreal to exchange ideas and network on how the arts can not just help homeless people find a purpose but how arts can affect policy change. Here’s my vlog about the experience (

30 min video

22 min – ‘if you’re concerned about homelessness .. find a way to house people’ – Billy McGuinness – art installation was a lease and a key – and a fridge.. encouraged people to fill fridge w food for 2 homeless people that now had an apt


Mark Horvath (@hardlynormal) tweeted at 6:08 AM – 28 Oct 2018 :

With One Voice in Montreal: Art and Music Helping Homeless People. (


Invisible People (@invisiblepeople) tweeted at 8:03 PM – 6 May 2019 :
Saying ‘People Experiencing Homelessness’ Will Not Influence Change (



mark on what to give