The homeless and their crude, handmade cardboard signs blend into the cityscape at most major intersections and highway off ramps. But a group of artists in Massachusetts wants to make sure the homeless signs stand out so motorists won’t look away.
“Signs For The Homeless” a project started by artists Christopher Hope and Kenji Nakayama of Massachusetts invited artists to give homeless signs a colorful makeover. The objective of the “Signs For The Homeless” project is to humanize the homeless and make them stand out against the urban backdrop that they have become a part of.
Rudolph West, 63, has been homeless for eight years. He told “Signs For The Homeless” he has trouble finding work due to his criminal record.
Bobbi, 52, told “Signs For The Homeless” she became homeless after leaving an abusive partner. She said she prefers living on the streets of Boston because of the violence she encountered in homeless shelters.
Colleen, 20, told “Signs For The Homeless” she had a “good childhood” growing up. But her life took a turn for the worse after she left home and became addicted to drugs. “No one wants to be homeless. I hope that people read this and understand… no one sets out to be on the street,” she said.
Angela Douyon-Previlon has 3 siblings on her mother’s side and 25 siblings on her father’s side. She said she left home after her abusive sister stabbed her in the head during a fight. “[The biggest struggle is] being depressed,” Douyon-Previlon told “Signs for the Homeless.” “I do not like this lifestyle. I try to stay positive because you could be depressed living in the streets.”