Video Installation Encourages Homeless Activism In New York City

Using the latest technology, a traveling installation in New York City reminds passerby about the challenges facing the city's homeless population and empowers viewers to take action.

The installation is comprised of a video projection of a homeless man, which asks pedestrians to use their cell phones to send a text message that will help the homeless man get shelter. The video shows the homeless man entering a home to show viewers the impact they've made. After they've completed the action, a reply message asks users to make a donation (via a second text message) to Pathways to Housing, a New York-based nonprofit organization that provides housing and mental health services for the homeless.

The Pathways to Housing Facebook page provides updates of where the video installation can be found as it moves around the city.