Advocates of the Unhoused

I started covering the unhoused crisis the summer of 2020. Deep into the pandemic, the unhoused community had grown at this time, though now one knew to what extent. With each reporting trip and story, I grew more invested and interested in everyone's plight. I began to realize that my reporting, produced for a small multimedia student ran collective, was oftentimes the only stories in the community about our unhoused neighbors. 

At the time same, members of the community were stepping in and providing resources such as nutritional food, toiletries, laundry services, and much more, to help ease the trauma of being unhoused. I began to form a story that highlights the importance of advocating for the unhoused in my mind and this set of photographs and videos is just the beginning. 

Videos

Gateway Park Sweep

On a cold winter day, just after sunrise, Reno and Sparks Police forced about 15 to 20 people from a tucked away encampment. With a look into the point of view from a couple experiencing houselessness to advocates on the scene helping people relocate.

Town House Motor Lodge: Another Motel Goes Down

A look into the process of removing another motel in Reno, Nevada. These hotels are often the last resort for residents on the brink of homelessness and have been continually bulldozed and replaced with fenced empty lots by Jacobs Entertainment. 


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