Los Angeles Homeless Man Shares the Harsh Reality of Skid Row

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"Skid Row hurt me in ways I can't ever explain. It made me do things and made see things I wish I would have never seen." ~ Luke Luke story of living homeless on Los Angeles's Skid Row is powerful and heartbreaking. No one should have to live like this. No one should have to fight just to survive for food and shelter and live in constant in fear! Luke came to LA with his wife. Her family invited them to come to live with them, so they jumped on a Greyhound bus. They started calling, and their family never answered. When they arrived in Los Angeles the couple was forced to go to Skid Row where they are now stuck! Skid Row was created by intentional urban design. The decision was made to place most all of the city's homeless services in that one area. The theory was that by having all of the resources in one location that it would contain Los Angeles's homeless crisis. "Skid Row is by the bus station. It's where all the shelters are. It's where all the food is. It's where all the resources are located. But Skid Row is a very nasty place" Luke shares in this interview. He goes on to say "[Skid Row] will make it so you are just constantly worried about what you need to survive because everything is being taken from you." Luke talks about how gangs tax homeless people in Skid Row for living on the sidewalk or in a certain area. If you don't pay, they beat you up or burn down your tent with all of your belongings in it. For those of you that are going to judge Luke for being on drugs, you need to understand that people use drugs to escape pain. It's nearly impossible to stay sober while homeless and if you're stuck in a place like Skid Row, drugs become a way to cope with life. Luke's wife had to resort to prostitution and ended up pregnant. Near the end of her pregnancy, she started having seizures and was diagnosed with brain cancer. Luke was beaten 13 times since living homeless on Skid Row. I pray Luke's story messes you up like it did me. We cannot continue to look the other way and ignore the growing homeless crisis in America. Please watch and share this video with everyone you know and then take real tangible action to fight homelessness in your community.  ________________________________________________ Subscribe here: https://www.youtube.com/c/invisiblepeople?sub_confirmation=1 Invisible People’s website: http://invisiblepeople.tv Support Invisible People: https://invisiblepeople.tv/donate On Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/invisiblepeople Invisible People’s Social Media: https://www.youtube.com/invisiblepeople https://twitter.com/invisiblepeople https://www.instagram.com/invisiblepeople https://www.facebook.com/invisiblepeopletv Mark Horvath’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/hardlynormal About Invisible People: Since its launch in November 2008, Invisible People has leveraged the power of video and the massive reach of social media to share the compelling, gritty, and unfiltered stories of homeless people from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. The vlog (video blog) gets up close and personal with veterans, mothers, children, layoff victims and others who have been forced onto the streets by a variety of circumstances. Each week, they’re on InvisiblePeople.tv, and high traffic sites such as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, proving to a global audience that while they may often be ignored, they are far from invisible. Invisible People goes beyond the rhetoric, statistics, political debates, and limitations of social services to examine poverty in America via a medium that audiences of all ages can understand, and can’t ignore. The vlog puts into context one of our nation’s most troubling and prevalent issues through personal stories captured by the lens of Mark Horvath – its founder – and brings into focus the pain, hardship and hopelessness that millions face each day. One story at a time, videos posted on InvisiblePeople.tv shatter the stereotypes of America’s homeless, force shifts in perception and deliver a call to action that is being answered by national brands, nonprofit organizations and everyday citizens now committed to opening their eyes and their hearts to those too often forgotten. Invisible People is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the way we think about people experiencing homelessness.

Comments

Marcus M. : This man has an enormous amount of pain in his face!

Collected. Eve : When buying socks is considered "splurging" 😥

The voice of reason : Wow! That really hit me like a ton of bricks 🧱 when he said 7:51 “don’t judge me, because most people are 2 pay Checks away” struggling from being were he is in life “ Truth 😳🙌🏽

WolfgangLMclain : "I wish for my wife to be better, I wish I had a family... I'd probably give the third one away." This is the demon I'm supposed to hate?

Harrrgh : Why are people calling him an addict? I just saw a tired, defeated, and overwhelmed man. I'm praying for you and your wife, Luke.🙏🏼

Alice : This poor guy is gives out such a kind vibe, he has a strong spirit.

Viktor the victor : You can see how numb he is from all of this. I teared up after hearing his three wishes, that got really real for a moment

Michael Graystone : This is your brother, your son, your friend, your neighbor. This is you.

E. P. : Thank you so much for such a great video! It's a shame, that 35-40% of Americans don't even have a health insurance!

M I K E : If alot of us didnt have family ....u would be right there with him.

erNomic : This is the fault of our collective ignorance. Divided we are conquered.

Monserrat Solocinski : And the government in California trying to bring more people instead of helping the people that are already there.

Josh Dill : Damn... "Idk what I'd do with the third wish.... Id prob give it away" 😭 prayers to you and your wife brother!

I'M UNCOOL : If i had three wishes I would want my wife to get better I would want a family And the third wish I don't know what i would do with it I would probably give it away. I DEEPLY wish YOU the best. Life is REALLY messed up Seeing this is the reason i lost hope in humanity

Jimmy4x4 Socal : I was homeless for a few years, I had a nasty drug problem. I went into the military, things were good while I was in. I discharged and went back to the drugs, than back on the streets. I went to AA, got clean and sober again. Now I am married, I am a firefighter, and I just bought my first home. I never had family who could help me, I only had myself and God. Miracles happen. One day at a time.

David Harper : This poor guy, his spirit is defeated. Lord Jesus, please bless him.

James Christopher Bateman : Such a good heart. Terrible how we treat people in this world, unforgivable really

Lisa Addas : So basically there is a hobo mafia???? They will take shoes and money from homeless???? Truly sick.

Nancy Hannan : So much for the self righteous Hollywood filthy rich should help these people. Hitch out of the city. Housing is so Expensive. Pray for these People. He looks so tired Maybe he should write a book.

TheOneGoodRoad : Step One. Get out of L.A.

Kirstine Termansen : Give that man, food, before talking to him, give him food, shelter, medic please

Marianela vega : I don't have family and I thank god I made it in life I was in 7 different foster home and I thank god for looking out for me

Avinash Kai : WOW! "I dont know what to do with the third one. I'd probably give it away." He speaks both truth but painful truth. How is someone who's homeless suppose to "go get a job" when they have no place of residence? When they have no transportation aside from public transportation. Which costs money they obviously dont have. Not to mention like the man said, once your known to be homeless who will hire you as most people say "drug addict" and turn away. It's amazing what people think 20$ can do for someone. I couldn't live off of 20$ yet alone try to restart my life. How is a homeless man or woman supposed to. I feel for these people. I wish I could do something to help. God bless.

Lawrence lawrence : Being homeless is a tough pit to crawl out of. I wish him success in getting out of it. I live in the north and there are some homeless people who froze to death this winter.

Britney Waldron : After hearing his 3 wishes,I broke down and started crying. No one deserves what he's suffering through.

barry goldwater : Living on the street it was impossible for me to get a job, the worst catch 22 I've experienced.

Cait x : Prayers for Luke and his wife. 🙏 :( 💞💞💞

Lyle Nagy : God bless this soul. I pray he gets the help he needs.

julie pelland : His three wishes just broke my heart. Damn.

Helena Jones : Poor dear he is exhausted!

Tory Swanson : We need more people like this guy in politics

Mary Leigh : Stuck in California aint no joke, thats one hellava desert to walk across to get out.....

Iredidv : I would love to see a follow up on this guy. For me one of the most honest and beautifull interviews.

Happy Meditation : You are doing mankind a favor through making these videos. Thank you

Brian Velez : I’m heart broken. I hope this man is able to find a way out of this situation. 😞

crysis4real : May I suggest EVERY video you make their is a funding page for each and everyone of these people. The only way humanity can survive is by helping each other regardless of our faith or colour ! We can do it !

Mary Smith : He's articulate and a nice looking guy if cleaned up. He's our brother....makes me sad...could be my son...

J L : 😭😭😭the 3 wishes part at the end just broke me. That pain in his voice and face😶

1oTon Hammer : Imagine being in such a place that when asked what your 3 wishes would be you struggle to answer. These blessings he asks for are things that I take for granted on a regular basis. God, give this man quarter.

KF Invertebrates : Damn he said people are 2 missed paychecks away from the same fate he’s so right

proud2BaNurse : Awwww, I do feel sorry for this guy. He's def right...don't think for a minute that u would never be where he is. Anyone could be a couple paychecks away from disaster. I've thought about it many times myself, and I have a good paying job. You never know when disaster will strike. I hope that poor man and his wife get the help they need.

Max De Sciscio : damn when he said he would give the third wish away that hit me.. i hope this guys life improves

Spoofsinyourface : Drugs are used to cope. Same as antidepressants for the middle class. The world is in chaos. Many people are pulled out there with hopes and dreams of stardom maybe getting small bit parts and than never again. A lot of film and Hollywood residue out there too.

VejyMonsta : It's TRUE though. Without family or good friends to help you out, you will easily become homeless if you lose work for even a short time.

B1gUp5 : I hope this man finds his way in life. I noticed he put others before himself with his 3 wishes. God bless

ubik _ : “Most people are two missed paychecks and their family away from this”. Damn, that really is life under capitalism. The sooner we unite and move past this broken system the better. I really hope this guy made it out, such a smart and kind person.

zantrail : pray you have a strong support connection

Mary Lafayette : He should write his book!! I would help him self-publish it!!

razumichin : despite his bad health issues, He is a beautiful and sensitive guy. God bless you. Big hugh from Roma,Italia