Reframing The Way You See Homelessness
This is a powerful documentary that outlines the battles of the men and women who currently are or were at some point homeless. These days there are so many people living on the streets that they have become sort of invisible— like they’re a less than human part of the landscape or an eyesore.
The film begins in Los Angeles and ends in New York. It covers a total of thirteen U.S. cities. The painful and yet captivating stories of survival all over the country will change the way you feel about homelessness, as well as shatter the stereotypes most of us have about what the homeless population really looks like.
It’s a myth that every homeless person is either unemployed or on drugs. We tend to believe that they’re all bums sitting outside the liquor store, begging for money so they can go and get drunk. The fact is that a large majority of homeless people look like everybody else and they are everywhere, not just hanging around dark alleys or sleeping on park benches. Those we can see and identify are the ones who got tired of hiding their condition, but there are many hundreds that simply keep pretending to be ok, because the truth is too embarrassing.
A growing number of those who are homeless once served in the military, and can no longer afford to pay rent with their meager earnings. We’re talking about the persons who risked their lives to protect the interests of the same government may now have forgotten them.
Most homeless people can share heart-breaking stories of being physically abused while they slept on the streets. The abusers are mostly young men between the ages of 13 and 25 who come from middle to upper middle class families. The homeless are called bums and have been peed on, beaten with bats, spray painted, kicked, burned, and basically tortured in a dozen different painful ways. One woman tells how about 100 homeless men and women were driven off a plot of land so that an animal shelter could be built. Isn’t that ironic? The more they are dehumanized, the easier it becomes to turn a blind eye to their suffering.
Being constantly judged for your condition and being rejected, insulted, and maligned can eventually affect your mental health and your sense of self. This opens the door for a myriad of mental problems.
Listen to the tragic stories of people who ended up with no place to go. What can communities do to help them? Find out more now.