Homeless photographers tell their stories"This is the homeless telling their story,"
said Patrick O'Bryan of the Reno Police Crisis Intervention Team. "From the pictures they took, you get the idea that they feel excluded from the world; that's what it's come down to."
Some captured the friendships among the homeless. For others, their film showed isolation and exclusion.
The photographs taken by homeless Reno citizens will be presented to the Nevada Legislature and displayed in the foyer of the Legislative Building.
After the presentation, lawmakers will discuss a bill introduced by Assemblywoman Sheila Leslie, D-Reno, who is asking for $20 million for local governments to use for transitional housing and support services for the homeless in the next two years.*
The photos -- depicting camaraderie, buildings where the homeless receive services and a life spent looking through fences -- will be on display all week in the foyer of the Legislative Building.
Read the Reno Gazette-Journal article here and see more of the photographs here.
* I couldn't find the housing bill, but she also is sponsoring a bill that would increase criminal penalties civil liability for crimes motivated by the actual or perceived status of the victim as a homeless person.