[Hpn] Local web site creates online home for homeless

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Mon, 11 Feb 2008 15:41:55 -0500


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      Profile: Local web site creates online home for homeless
      By Tristan LaPointe
      News Writer
      www.Homelessnation.org, a web site that originated in Montreal, =
has become a national forum to feature stories of Canada's street =
people, providing them not only with a voice, but an opportunity to =
connect with non-homeless societies.=20

      After finishing his first film in 1997, which aimed to relay the =
stories of Canada's itinerant urban population, Montreal filmmaker =
Daniel Cross realized five years ago that film was an inadequate medium =
to convey his expansive research.=20

      Forced to exclude the stories of the hundreds of men, women, and =
children he met living on the streets in The Street: A Film With The =
Homeless, Cross found an alternative in the internet's emerging social =
networking and media technologies.=20

      "I learned through the filmmaking process that people on the =
street had lot to say a lot to express and that the internet provided =
the perfect platform to host a broad and plural all-inclusive =
interactive dialogue," Cross said.=20

      Conceived in 2002, but officially released in 2005, Homelessnation =
is the product of Cross's vision to bridge a digital communication =
divide that he feels isolates and alienates the homeless community from =
the non-homeless.=20

      "With most people's lives increasingly focused around computers =
and high-speed media, homeless people only stand to become more and more =
ostracized and misunderstood. One of Homelessnation's main goals is to =
give the homeless community a public forum of representation through =
avenues created by New Media," said Alexandra Yanofsky, National =
Coordinator for Homelessnation.=20

      She cited instances in British Columbia where applications for =
certain social assistance programs are only available online.=20

      Homelessnation's 3,000-member community includes homeless people =
throughout Canada as well as formerly homeless people, advocacy workers, =
and concerned Canadians. Enforcing the concept of a unified nation among =
the homeless, the site calls its members citizens.=20

      Cross explained that Homelessnation's popularity has transformed =
the site's infrastucture.=20

      ''Thousands of people from the streets are using the site, and are =
members. We're experiencing a continual shift of control, so much so =
that the site becomes sustainable by the street community itself," Cross =
said.=20

      "As far as relationships with the non-homeless, [one] cannot help =
but learn new things, hear new ideas, new voices, and lose pre-existing =
negative stereotypes from the site," he added.=20

      Homelessnation allows members to create an email address and a =
unique profile that provides for a blog, photo log, video hosting =
capabilities, and adequate hosting for podcasts. They also have access =
to a variety of forums that have been used to communicate various =
subjects, including organizing rallies and sharing information and =
experiences.=20

      While some members use the network to communicate with friends or =
family, others routinely post footage of protests, police brutality, or =
news updates relevant to homelessness.=20

      The site fosters community and interaction among its users and, =
according to Yanofsky, provides an outlet for expression that could =
unite them with non-homeless socities.=20

      ''We feel that a dialogue between the homeless and non-homeless =
communities can't exist if people aren't allowed to express themselves =
creatively. We're here to encourage people to strive to create," =
Yanofsky said.=20

      Homelessnation is partially funded by governmental and private =
film and art associations and the Canadian Human Resources and Social =
Development Centre. Volunteers maintain the site with the aid of 16 paid =
outreach employees in Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver, who =
work in shelters, day centres, and on the streets to encourage street =
people to join the site.=20

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      <H3>By Tristan LaPointe</B><BR><EM>News Writer</EM><B></H3><SPAN=20
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      href=3D"http://www.Homelessnation.org">www.Homelessnation.org</A>, =
a web=20
      site that originated in Montreal, has become a national forum to =
feature=20
      stories of Canada=92s street people, providing them not only with =
a voice,=20
      but an opportunity to connect with non-homeless societies. =
<BR><BR>After=20
      finishing his first film in 1997, which aimed to relay the stories =
of=20
      Canada=92s itinerant urban population, Montreal filmmaker Daniel =
Cross=20
      realized five years ago that film was an inadequate medium to =
convey his=20
      expansive research. <BR><BR>Forced to exclude the stories of the =
hundreds=20
      of men, women, and children he met living on the streets in The =
Street: A=20
      Film With The Homeless, Cross found an alternative in the =
internet=92s=20
      emerging social networking and media technologies. <BR><BR>=93I =
learned=20
      through the filmmaking process that people on the street had lot =
to say a=20
      lot to express and that the internet provided the perfect platform =
to host=20
      a broad and plural all-inclusive interactive dialogue,=94 Cross =
said.=20
      <BR><BR>Conceived in 2002, but officially released in 2005, =
Homelessnation=20
      is the product of Cross=92s vision to bridge a digital =
communication divide=20
      that he feels isolates and alienates the homeless community from =
the=20
      non-homeless. <BR><BR>=93With most people=92s lives increasingly =
focused=20
      around computers and high-speed media, homeless people only stand =
to=20
      become more and more ostracized and misunderstood. One of =
Homelessnation=92s=20
      main goals is to give the homeless community a public forum of=20
      representation through avenues created by New Media,=94 said =
Alexandra=20
      Yanofsky, National Coordinator for Homelessnation. <BR><BR>She =
cited=20
      instances in British Columbia where applications for certain =
social=20
      assistance programs are only available online. =
<BR><BR>Homelessnation=92s=20
      3,000-member community includes homeless people throughout Canada =
as well=20
      as formerly homeless people, advocacy workers, and concerned =
Canadians.=20
      Enforcing the concept of a unified nation among the homeless, the =
site=20
      calls its members citizens. <BR><BR>Cross explained that =
Homelessnation=92s=20
      popularity has transformed the site=92s infrastucture. =
<BR><BR>=91=92Thousands=20
      of people from the streets are using the site, and are members. =
We=92re=20
      experiencing a continual shift of control, so much so that the =
site=20
      becomes sustainable by the street community itself,=94 Cross said. =

      <BR><BR>=93As far as relationships with the non-homeless, [one] =
cannot help=20
      but learn new things, hear new ideas, new voices, and lose =
pre-existing=20
      negative stereotypes from the site,=94 he added. =
<BR><BR>Homelessnation=20
      allows members to create an email address and a unique profile =
that=20
      provides for a blog, photo log, video hosting capabilities, and =
adequate=20
      hosting for podcasts. They also have access to a variety of forums =
that=20
      have been used to communicate various subjects, including =
organizing=20
      rallies and sharing information and experiences. <BR><BR>While =
some=20
      members use the network to communicate with friends or family, =
others=20
      routinely post footage of protests, police brutality, or news =
updates=20
      relevant to homelessness. <BR><BR>The site fosters community and=20
      interaction among its users and, according to Yanofsky, provides =
an outlet=20
      for expression that could unite them with non-homeless socities.=20
      <BR><BR>=91=92We feel that a dialogue between the homeless and =
non-homeless=20
      communities can=92t exist if people aren=92t allowed to express =
themselves=20
      creatively. We=92re here to encourage people to strive to =
create,=94 Yanofsky=20
      said. <BR><BR>Homelessnation is partially funded by governmental =
and=20
      private film and art associations and the Canadian Human Resources =
and=20
      Social Development Centre. Volunteers maintain the site with the =
aid of 16=20
      paid outreach employees in Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, and =
Vancouver, who=20
      work in shelters, day centres, and on the streets to encourage =
street=20
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