Hearing the Homeless takes an humanistic approach to addressing the issues of homelessness through looking at every homeless person as just that a person; a complex individual with distinctive needs, struggles, and obstacles. By taking individual comprehensive assessments, facilitating direct giving from the community, and targeting urgent needs specific to each individual, HTH seeks to remove the barriers keeping the homeless from reentering society and rebuilding their lives.
Our vision is to build and develop communities of love and respect where everyones voice is heard and needs are met. We realize that money doesn’t solve problems, positive relationships do. HTH takes a holistic approach to supporting our fellow humans in need through building authentic intentional relationships. We encourage individuals in the community to go beyond giving money to giving time. Life is hard on your own. We all need a little support and encourgement.
HTH in a Nutshell
HTH is a nonprofit that works with the homeless, or as we call them, "HTH Representatives," on a one-on-one basis. By capturing and sharing their stories with the world, we hope to humanize the homeless and build a community of support around them to foster positive relationships and life changing resources.
CROWDFUNDING THROUGH STORIES
HTH provides a platform for the ignored to be heard by using a team of professional videographers to capture their stories. We then assign a team of individuals to run crowdfunding campaigns on their behalf to facilitating direct donations from a larger community network. Every HTH rep has different needs, hopes, dreams, talents, and skills, so we work with them to figure out where they want to be in life and work to provide them with the resources/services/items/relationships that will take them there.
DONATE DIRECTLY WITH PENNY INC. CARDS
We assign each of our HTH Reps a personal expense cards with technology that prevents theft. We invite the community to donate directly to the person whose story moves them, with 90% of the money deposited onto his/her card or into savings for a specific need. These cards use technology provided by Penny Inc. that ensure responsible spending while also helping with financial management. We have also partnered with Mobile Cause to ensure that community donations are managed responsibly, transparently, and securely.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT THROUGH ART AND EVENTS
HTH believes that one way to spread love is through art. So we engage with the community through inspiring artistic creativity. We've partnered with over 100 public schools in Austin and surrounding areas, local companies, professional artists, and pop-up events in an effort connect individuals from different walks of life through creating art that creates change. All of the art created by the community is used to provide an additional stream of revenue for the homeless as well as maintain our educational programming in the schools.