Kevin F. Adler on Changing the Way Americans Think About Homelessness
In Conversation with Andrew Keen on Keen On
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Andrew talks to Kevin F. Adler, co-author of When We Walk By, about the forgotten humanity and broken systems causing today’s homelessness crisis in America.
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Kevin F. Adler is the author of When We Walk By: Forgotten Humanity, Broken Systems, and the Role We Can Each Play in Ending Homelessness in America, which will be published on November 7th, 2023, and is based on his pioneering work over the past decade tackling homelessness and “relational poverty” on the streets. As the Founder and CEO of Miracle Messages, an award-winning nonprofit organization that helps people experiencing homelessness rebuild their social support systems and financial security, Kevin is leading a revolution in how we treat our unhoused neighbors: as people to be loved, not problems to be solved. Miracle Messages has helped over 800 unhoused individuals reunite with their loved ones, matched hundreds more for weekly calls and texts with caring volunteers around the world as phone buddies, and created the first basic income pilot of its kind in the United States, which resulted in 66% of unhoused recipients getting housed. By 2024, Miracle Messages plans to distribute over $1 million directly to unhoused individuals, as part of a randomized control trial in partnership with USC and with major funding from Google.org and others.