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LJ Young is a 23 year old resident of New Orleans, LA. Currently working on several projects. He is a writer, pianist, film maker and actor with an educational background from Xavier University of Louisiana and the Harrison Institute for the Arts. his goal is to tell the stories of those who don't have the platform to speak for themselves, touching one life at a time. He shoots music videos, commercials, promos, short films, documentaries, etc.

He wants the money that is raised to go towards water, clean towels, soap, food, rain coats, and blankets for the homeless along with more cameras, extra equipment, 2nd camera man, etc. and also to build our official site to house film which will also be a place to donate money for homeless shelters, food banks, organizations in New Orleans to help out those in need.

LJ Young is a 23 year old resident of New Orleans, LA. Currently working on several projects. He is a writer, pianist, film maker and actor with an educational background from Xavier University of Louisiana and the Harrison Institute for the Arts. his goal is to tell the stories of those who don't have the platform to speak for themselves, touching one life at a time. He shoots music videos, commercials, promos, short films, documentaries, etc.
New Orleans is on it’s way to becoming one of the first U.S. cities to eliminate chronic homelessness, and it may do so by the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in 2015, according a news article written by By Richard A. Webster, NOLA.com

Webster goes on to say “ Unity of Greater New Orleans’ executive director Martha Kegel made the prediction at the 22nd annual meeting of the organization at the Lakeview Christian Center. It might seem like a bold statement, but the nonprofit and its coalition of homeless advocacy groups have already reduced the number of chronically homeless people in the city from 4,579 in 2009 to only 677 last year. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development defines chronic homelessness as a person with a disabling condition who has been homeless for more than a year or has had four episodes of being homeless in the past three years. The total number of homeless people in Orleans and Jefferson parishes on a given night in January 2013 was 2,337 compared to 11,660 in 2007 representing an 80 percent decrease.”

“We are the only community in America where everybody experienced homelessness together nine years ago,” Kegel said. “It’s a shared experience we all understand in a way we didn’t understand before; how important it is for every human being to have a home and we have a sense of urgency about that. We understand our community will not be recovered from (the storm) until we bring everybody home, until everybody in our community has a home.”

You can support the campaign here

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1475886179/ballad-of-hope-homeless-in-new-orleans

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