Castro homeless man dons GoPro to show what it’s like
Adam Reichart is a homeless man in his 40′s that spends a lot of time in the Castro, mostly outside Mollie Stones, selling Street Sheets in order to pay for food, shelter, and other necessities. He has been clean and sober for the past 4 years and is part of a social experiment called HomelessGoPro which outfits homeless volunteers with donated GoPro video cameras to help document their plight.
HomelessGoPro Creative Producer Kevin Adler says the goal of the project is to, “build empathy, enable the non-homeless to walk with a homeless person for a few moments, and to explore how a camera lens associated with ‘hardcore’ activities like snowboarding and surfing can showcase courage and difficulty of another sort.”
The HomelessGoPro team met Adam through the homeless direct giving platform HandUp which collects donations for homeless people that can be redeemed for basic needs like food, clothing, and medical care. Through Adam’s HandUp profile page, Adam has been able to pay for new dentures and weekly stays at SRO’s in the city.
The video that Adam takes of people that pass by him has been compiled into a few videos which are available for viewing on the HomelessGoPro YouTube channel.
It’s not clear how this project will actually help reduce the homeless population in San Francisco, but it does reveal how complacent many people have become. Seeing life, literally, from the perspective of the homeless is an interesting way to bring visibility to the issue.