Mark Horvath: Seattle’s Tech Community Gave Me the Tools to Take on Homelessness

Equipped with a video camera, a giant online following, and endless compassion, Mark Horvath documents and shares stories of people who are experiencing homelessness at http://invisiblepeople.tv/. We caught up with Mark at Seattle’s first-ever Hack to End Homelessness (http://www.hacktoendhomelessness.com/), an event bringing together Seattle’s housing advocacy community and service providers with bright minds in technology and innovation. The goal of the hackathon is to design and build solutions to all forms of homelessness, and to also build understanding about homelessness in our community.

Mark was at the event to not only collaborate on a tech project, but also to attend the Seattle premiere of a film that documents his work. “@home” (http://athomedocumentary.org/) follows Mark on a road trip across the country as he makes homelessness in America visible. Read a review of the film on the Firesteel blog: http://firesteelwa.org/blog/open/title/culture-watch-at-home-mark-horvath-and-three-wishes-for-solving-homelessness

This video was produced by Firesteel and the YWCA of Seattle | King | Snohomish. Firesteel is a network of Washington YWCAs committed to ending homelessness through innovative advocacy. Visit http://firesteelwa.org/ to learn more.

Thanks to:
– Mark Horvath for talking with us and for his amazing work
– Catherine Hinrichsen and the Seattle University Project on Family Homelessness (https://www.seattleu.edu/artsci/departments/communication/csc/family-homelessness/) for connecting us with Mark, and for coordinating the Hack to End Homelessness
– The incredible people at 220 & Change (http://220andchange.org/), led by Candace Faber (http://www.whoastrategies.com/), who organized the Hack to End Homelessness and the “@home” screening
– Sean Koenig from ChangeStream Media (http://changestreammedia.org/) for production help

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