That’s the title of a one-hour special running Wednesday, August 13th. It’s a documentary about the 1.3 million homeless children in America. There are many ways to become homeless—-loss of job, a medical emergency, foreclosure, domestic violence, bad luck, bad decisions, bad habits. Most homeless children are the victims of their parents’ circumstances. Others are runaways, escapees from violence or sexual abuse in the home. Still others are throw-aways, kids who are thrown out of their homes because they’re gay or somehow don’t measure up to parents’ standards. Our program includes may heartbreaking stories and some amazing tales of what children have to do to survive on the street. Fortunately, we also have a couple of success stories—a pair of onetime homeless 12-year-olds who fell about as low as one can go, but who are now thriving as young adults.
The Invisible—-Children Without Homes was produced by Ariana Pekary, who worked on it for many, many hours of her personal time late at night and on weekends. I am in her debt—-and you will be too when you hear our program.
Evictions in Washington, DC, supervised by United States Marshalls, have a Charles Dickens quality to them. Landlords give contracts to eviction companies that hire day laborers assembled on a corner just blocks from the U.S. Capitol dome. Many of those day laborers, who are paid just $5 per eviction, are homeless—-homeless men about to make some other people homeless. With the marshalls watching, the laborers empty the house or apartment of all possessions and set them down on the curb near the street, where strangers might decide something is worth taking.