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Everyone Should Have A Home"




These are the stories and artwork of people who found themselves without a place they could call "home".

The definition of being "homeless" is either living on the street, in a car, or in an overcrowded or unsafe situation.
According to a March 2000 survey by the Census Bureau, there are approximately 280,527 homeless people around the country. Most homeless people have a substance abuse problem, mental illness or disability.

Due to the homelessness circumstances of their parent(s), children are also affected.

In general, the public-at-large view homeless people with apathy, disdain or fear. A goal for this project is to provide a creative forum for participants to express their feelings and use their experiences to create a better understanding of their plight, and the issues involved. Another goal is to help generate compassion for those homeless people who truly need and want help to change their living conditions and re-enter the mainstream as a functioning member of the community.

This project was initiated with residents currently living in a transitional housing facility in Miami-Dade County. These participants, most who have never before used art to express themselves, were guided through a process in which they visualized how homelessness has affected them, wrote about their feelings and experiences, and brought them to life through colorful illustrations.

Center for Folk and Community Art (CFCA) has joined with Carrfour Supportive Housing, Inc. to produce this movable mural project.

CFCA's mission is to use visual art as both a tool of intervention and a method of education to impact community issues and improve the human condition. Carrfour's mission is to develop supportive housing and maximize item self-sufficiency of formerly homeless adults and families, as well as those at risk of homelessness in Miami-Dade County.

Panels will be added to this mural as CFCA artists facilitate new workshops.



Due to liver problems and Agent Orange, my self-medications progressed to illegal drugs which caused my eventual downfall. Through continued therapy, I am beginning to make baby steps, again.

J.M., age 59


As the years started to take hold of me and I found myself all alone, when I gave up and let go, a little voice inside of me reminded me to have faith.

JoseLuis, age 44


I am a disabled Vet. I was a firefighter, but because of injuries I can't do that any more. I was on the Burial Team. It was my responsibility to present the flag to the widows.

A.G., age 51


When I became homeless, it opened my eyes to a lot of things that I had taken for granted. Being homeless was a very unique learning experience in survival.

T.S., age 52


At the end of each day worked, I feel rewarded, joyful and jubilant, knowing that throughout the day I have the opportunity to motivate, encourage and empower my residents to be the best of their potential.

Betty N.


I would like people to be compassionate and understanding of homeless people because the people who are, or who have been, homeless are the people who need love the most.

Paul W, age 50


People do not like homeless people that sleep on the street and smoke dope and drink liquor. I want to live my life out as peacefully as I can. I want to go fishing in my old age and live out life like other people do.

Gilbert W., age 69


When I was on drugs, I lived where I could; on the street, in the park, wherever. Some days were okay, but most were hell on earth. Being a woman with no hope was not a good thing. Today, free from the grips of violence, drugs and alcohol, I have my life back and on a ring.

D.J., Age 44