What does homeless look like? Who do we choose to see?

Laura Clark, filmed by Michael Barrett Miller July 2010

Project Hope Alliance – My Life.

Mark, at age 10, shares his perspective on living homeless, the importance of family and how silly it is to think that money is more important than love.

Homeward Bound: A Home for Every Family

Faith & Family Homelessness Project site Alki UCC produced this video as part of their year long journey learning about family homelessness.

Brené Brown on Empathy versus Sympathy

Published on Dec 10, 2013
What is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities.

Voice: Dr Brené Brown
Animation: Katy Davis (AKA Gobblynne) http://www.gobblynne.com

Invisible Child: Dasani’s Homeless Life

December 2013: There are more than 22,000 homeless children in New York, the highest number since the Great Depression. This is one of their stories. Read the NY Times Five Part Series→


Andrea Elliott, an investigative reporter with The New York Times, began following Dasani and her family in September 2012. The series is written in the present tense, based on real-time reporting by Ms. Elliott and Ruth Fremson, a photographer with The Times, both of whom used audio and video tools.

Throughout the year, Dasani’s family also documented their lives in video dispatches from the Auburn Family Residence, which does not allow visitors beyond the lobby. Ms. Elliott and Ms. Fremson gained access to the shelter to record conditions there.

The reporting also drew from court documents, city and state inspection reports, police records, the family’s case files at city agencies and dozens of interviews with shelter residents. Most scenes were reported firsthand; others were reconstructed based on interviews and video and audio recordings.

The Times is withholding the last names of Dasani and her siblings to protect their identities. The nicknames of some of Dasani’s siblings are used in place of their birth names.

You can also see a short video where New York Times reporter Andrea Elliot discusses her profile of Dasani, a homeless girl in New York City.

City Inside/Out: Helping the Homeless (December 2013)

12/6/13: As temperatures drop, how are Seattle`s homeless coping? The county`s Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness is in its eighth year. Is the plan on track? What new strategies are the city and county pursuing to help this growing population? We meet James Phillips, a recently homeless man, who shares his insights about living on the streets. Our in-studio guests include Bill Hobson, executive director of the Downtown Emergency Service Center; Tim Harris, publisher of the homeless newspaper Real Change; Megan Gibbard, the Homeless Youth and Young Adult Initiative project manager for King County; and Vince Matulionis, director of ending homelessness for United Way of King County.


Faith & Family Homelessness Video by Ahmadiyya Muslim Community 

This 9 minute video was filmed in Seattle and Everett Washington. The Amadiyya Muslim Community researched the issue of family homelessness over a one year period, documenting their journey with this beautiful video.

Faith & Family Homelessness Video by Sam Wolff 

This short documentary was produced through Temple Beth Or Everett’s FFH project. Sam Wolff, a congregation member and Seattle University student, shot and edited the video over the course of TBO’s year long project. The video brings to light the many obstacles faced by families and individuals who experience homelessness, and offer concrete suggestions on ways the viewer can be part of the solution. The Homelessness Documentary Sam Wolff Discussion Questions can be used to frame a group discussion after viewing.

New Life Church’s Time to Listen Video 

Time To Listen is a 15 minute film focusing on the stories of six different homeless individuals and how they navigate life.  Whether it’s the economy, substance abuse, poor decisions, health issues, mental illness, chronic homelessness, or life change.  Whatever causes homelessness…these six individuals are opening up and sharing about how they became homeless, what it feels like to be homeless, and how they would like you to see them.

Time To Listen is created to introduce issues of homelessness and start a conversation in your group.  There is an accompanying discussion guide to help facilitate your group discussion.  This film intentionally does not suggest specific solutions.  It’s up to your group to discuss the stories from the film, face your own biases toward homelessness, and determine how you will personally get involved in your community.

90 second preview – We’ve produced a 90 second preview as a tool to share through social media and introduce the conversation in a larger setting for your church or organization.  The preview was designed so you can conveniently customize the end for your organization with your own video editor.

Discussion Guide – The one page PDF discussion guide is simply a tool to get the conversation going.  Your discussion will be interactive as you identify and share your thoughts on the cause of homelessness.  The goal isn’t to determine the cause of homelessness but to face our own beliefs of the cause and do something about it.

Seattle Times Invisible Families

In 2010, journalists from the community and The Seattle Times produced a series of stories about family homelessness as part of a fellowship through Seattle University, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. A series of short videos were produced as part of that project. Visit the Seattle Times Invisible Families Project page to view.


Photo by Erika Schultz of the Seattle Times.

Volunteers of America – Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho

Take a moment to walk in the shoes of a homeless teen in Spokane.

These Storied Streets

These Storied Streets explores homelessness across America by telling the stories of those who live it every day. The full-length documentary film—slated for completion later this year—profiles the homeless and the formerly homeless as well as the volunteers and organizations working to get people off the streets. Their stories are real, raw and compelling.

My Name is Not Those People

Video presentation from Be The Change: A Benefit Luncheon for Building Changes (May 5, 2009). My Name Is Not Those People, poem by Julia K. Dinsmore, read by Danny Glover, from “Give US Your Poor17 New Recordings To Help End Homelessness” (Appleseed Recordings). For more info, go to BuildingChanges.org. Photographs by Lynn Blodgett, from “Finding Grace: The Face of America’s Homeless” (Earth Aware Editions).

The Journey of MOMs Plus

This 7-minute documentary describes a program that works with mothers in recovery. It was screened at the 14th Annual LOCAL SIGHTINGS FILM FESTIVAL in October 2011 at the Northwest Film Forum.

Rock Center – Employed but Still Homeless 

By Jessica Hopper, Tim Sandler and Cristina Boado
Rock Center

Click on the photo to view the story and video.

Employed but still homeless, working poor say ‘Homelessness can happen to anybody’

Building Changes: Open Doors

60 Minutes: Hard Times Generation


View at http://www.mtv.com/videos/inocente/1702321/playlist.jhtml

Trailer here:

Conversations with the Homeless

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