“THERE IS NO 'THEY’” (IN PROGRESS)
is a photodocumentation of the homelessness in Phoenix, AZ.
Homelessness is a crisis for one human.
The word “crisis” fails miserably to describe the extent & severity of homelessness for the thousands of Valley residents, estimated at last count - a severe undercount - at over 7,000.
Poverty & homelessness within the United States are still widely demonized, stereotyped, & portrayed as moral failings limited to an individual.
Most Americans know that there is a significant “homelessness problem.” This “problem”, however, is typically pawned off, pushed aside for large, amorphous organizations/institutions to deal with.
80% of Americans, however, live paycheck-to-paycheck. This was before the Covid 19 pandemic hit. The vast majority of Americans are consequently
1 job loss,
1 crisis, &
1 very short step away from homelessness themselves…myself very much included.
The direct assistance/mutual aid provided by individuals & small groups to those experiencing homelessness/near-homelessness is consequently critical, & becoming even more so as economic inequality & insecurity continue to skyrocket.