Through the Eyes of the Homeless

Homeless in Newark Explore the Streets

Homeless in Newark Explore the Streets

Sarah VanAllen and Karl Coston taking photos in Newark as part of HYCIDE BRIDGES.

Star-Ledger columnist Barry Carter recently highlighted “Newark – through the eyes of its homeless.”

Bridges, an organization that reaches out to the homeless in New York City, Newark, Irvington, and Summit, New Jersey every week, is offering a photography class called HYCIDE BRIDGES for the homeless in Newark through its Project Connect program.

Bridges is running this pilot program with a $3,000 grant through the Arts Council of NJ to provide homeless individuals in Newark with digital cameras.

“The program is an opportunity for people experiencing homelessness to express themselves through photography. We hope that the photography will create a dialogue between the housed and homeless and act as a catalyst for each group to better understand each other. We would like to continue the program after the completion of this pilot if we can find sufficient funding.”

Said Sakinah Hoyte, Program Manager, Project Connect at St. John’s.

The project will involve the homeless individuals taking photographs of how they see the city and potentially documenting their own lives. And it is always proving to be a success!

“We’re laughing, we’re joking, we’re moving around. The photographs are one thing, but its more of the energy exchange than anything else.”

Akintola Hanif is a Newark street photographer who edits and founded HYCIDE magazine.

Click here for the full column.

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