Homeless GoPro offers perspective on life on the streets

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Homeless GoPro Project Gives Firsthand Perspective of Homeless Life

Homeless GoPro is exactly what it sounds like. The San Francisco based project equips members of the homeless community with GoPro cameras in an effort to build empathy and understanding for the homeless community.

The results are startling. The project reveals the true side of homelessness and how common it has become for society ignore the growing issue. San Francisco alone has 6,500 homeless people, according to a 2013 study. With an overwhelming majority of people ignoring the population all together on the streets, ignorance has created a vicious cycle. As "empathy" and "compassion" are disappearing, it becomes increasingly difficult to eradicate the societal issue of homelessness.


For many, these photos are a familiar sighting, often ignored. Has our society turned a blind eye to homelessness?

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Homeless GoPro offers perspective on life on the streets
In this photo from Feb. 24, 2014, a homeless woman, who gave her name as only Katt, stands on a street corner in Midland, Texas, trying to get donations from motorists. Two Midland police officers were disciplined with a three-day suspension recently for having a contest to see who could confiscate the most signs from homeless people. (AP Photo/Betsy Blaney)
This undated photo provided by the Midland, Texas, Police Department shows a sign confiscated from a homeless person. Officers Derek Hester and Daniel Zoelzer were disciplined with a three-day suspension recently for having a contest to see who could confiscate the most signs. (AP Photo/Midland Police Department)
This undated photo provided by the Midland, Texas, Police Department shows a sign confiscated from a homeless person. Officers Derek Hester and Daniel Zoelzer were disciplined with a three-day suspension recently for having a contest to see who could confiscate the most signs. Asked Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, about why the investigation wasn't made public earlier, city spokeswoman Sara Higgins said it is not the department's standard protocol to announce when an internal affairs investigation is completed. (AP Photo/Midland Police Department)
In this photo from Feb. 24, 2014, three homeless people, from left, Joseph Johnson, Desarie Caine and Ronald King, with their cardboard signs folded against the red railing behind them, take a break from trying to get donations from motorists in Midland, Texas. Two Midland police officers were disciplined with a three-day suspension recently for having a contest to see who could confiscate the most signs from homeless people. (AP Photo/Betsy Blaney)
In this photo from Feb. 24, 2014, Joseph Johnson, a homeless man, holds the sign he uses when he asks motorists in Midland, Texas, for donations. Two Midland police officers were disciplined with a three-day suspension recently for having a contest to see who could confiscate the most signs from homeless people. (AP Photo/Betsy Blaney)
In this photo from Feb. 24, 2014, homeless woman, who gave her name as only Katt, stands on a street corner in Midland, Texas, trying to get donations from motorists. Two Midland police officers were disciplined with a three-day suspension recently for having a contest to see who could confiscate the most signs from homeless people. (AP Photo/Betsy Blaney)
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