Idaho man looks to shed light on homelessness

A Boise State grad is traveling the country and talking with the homeless.

It’s been nearly one year since Boise's tent city, also known as Cooper Court, was cleared out. Although, it may not be as visible along River Street, the problem is still there. One Boise State graduate is hoping to bring awareness to the issue by traveling the country and talking with them.

Justin Doering has spent the last three-and-a-half months traveling the United States talking to and interviewing some of the nation's homeless.

"That's the entire idea of the project is try to shed some light to the public on what being homeless really is," Doering said.

Doering started "50 Sandwiches" back in May. It's a project that's taken the Coeur d'Alene native to San Francisco, Orlando, and New York City. It's all in an effort to better understand some of the nation's homeless.

"I'm trying to capture their stories and experiences that I think often go without being heard," Doering said.

Over the course of his 3-month journey, Doering has interviewed nearly a hundred homeless people.

"I've been turned down many many times, but I would say it's about 50-50," Doering said. "Some of them are simple situations, like I lost my job, but so many of them are just one thing after another as if almost homelessness was where they were destined to be."

Dozens of stories and states later, Doering is sharing this population's message.

"Universal principle that every single person, homeless person that I've talked to, would be without a doubt, treating them like their people," Doering said.

Doering is in the process of writing a book profiling some of the people that he's spoken with, along with homeless statistics. It's all in hope of showing people that this is a problem.

Doering says he has no timeline on when the book will be finished.

Copyright 2016 KTVB


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