Saying ‘People Experiencing Homelessness’ Will Not Influence Change
Mark Horvath

Thank you for this piece and all the work you do Mark.

I am trying to have an impact on the homeless in my area, around Seattle Washington, through a nonprofit I started last year. I put a lot of thought into what I write when I’m trying to get the word out about my efforts and have never used “people experiencing homeless” for the very reasons you describe but it is nice to be affirmed in that decision.

My solution thus far has been to refer to “our homeless neighbors” when trying to raise support for a project or fundraise. I would love to have feedback on that (or any of our operations for that matter) from you as I strive to find the best balance between PC and common sense. I am removed from the problem directly, never having suffered through any periods of homelessness myself. So your work is one way I expand my interaction with homeless people throughout the country.

My nonprofit, Northwest Hospitality (, is very small but we are growing and helping a few people along the way.

Thanks again for all the work you do. It’s invaluable to closing the canyon of misunderstanding that exists between so many people that could help and those that need the help.


Anton Preisinger

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