Myrtle Beach, SC and the surrounding Horry County community rank highest in the number of unsheltered homeless in the state. In a photo book and web series, homeless individuals and those working closely with them share their personal stories on dealing with homelessness in a tourist economy and discuss the misconceptions surrounding homelessness.
After conducting a survey of just over 500 Horry County community members, the Swain Scholars at Coastal Carolina University found that there was a gap in the perceptions versus the national statistics on homelessness. For example, many community members perceived drug abuse to be the leading cause of homelessness. However, national statistics indicate that job loss was the leading cause.
This project, a collaborative effort between Athenaeum Press students and the Swain Scholars, is an attempt to give a place, a face and a name to the 492 and counting individuals in Myrtle Beach, and the caregivers, law enforcement and policy makers who balance their needs with those of a tourist town.