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Picture This Homeless Photos Taken by Houston's Homeless

HomeAid Houston has underwritten this photo project that was created by their own P.R. Director and photographer, Terry Swenson. Picture This is designed to educate the public on what homeless men, women and youth see and experience in their daily challenges. The Picture This Project empowers homeless people to tell their story through photography. Working through agencies servicing the homeless, disposable cameras are distributed to their clients and they are asked to document their lives over a period of five days.

The photographs are impactful as they show intimate moments in the life of those struggling to improve their situation. They capture street life, relationships and some very moving and sometimes startling images and situations. “It helps remind us that behind the word “homeless”, behind all the statistics, there are real people,” said Terry Swenson. “They are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children and veterans. They are people who don’t have a place to call home, who need a hand up, not a hand out.”

The most recent exhibit are photos taken by homeless youth. Cameras were given to young people working with Angel Reach, an agency that helps kids aging out of foster care as well as Covenant House and Grace Place. The exhibit debuted originally in Conroe at City Hall and then again at City Hall in Houston. It is currently on display at Phoenecia Fine Foods and Market in downtown Houston next to Discovery Green through September. This exhibit also includes written testimonials by the young photographers about their struggles.

Past exhibits include photos by clients working with SEARCH Homeless Services and homeless veterans working with U.S. Vets Initiative and the De George at Union Station. For more information visit the Picture This website at


A photography project underwritten by HomeAid Houston