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photo Streetlife
The Invisible Family
By Ken Verdoia
KUED, University of Utah

A third of the estimated three million homeless people in the United States are families with children. Each year, thousands of homeless families take to the highways in search of work. This program introduces us to several displaced families, and to the often over-burdened people who struggle to help them find employment, shelter, food, health care, and education. Streetlife illuminates the complexity of this growing national problem, and will help encourage a public response based on the real needs of these homeless families.

DVD version has both closed-captions and audio description.

58 minutes
© 1988
Purchase $195 DVD
Order No. QA-064
ISBN (DVD) 1-57295-995-9
close captioned

"Puts a human face on a problem too many of us still see in the abstract. Highly Recommended." Editor's Choice, Video Librarian

"Recommended. Those who think that America's homeless are all 'lazy, crazy, drunk or doped' will see that stereotype shattered in this video." Library Journal

"Underlines the complexity of the issue and the danger of treating the symptoms rather than eliminating the fundamental causes. A stirring and revealing documentary." Booklist

Awards & Conference Screenings
American Film & Video Festival
Chicago International Film Festival
American Psychological Association
Council on Foundations

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What's Wrong With This Picture: Families with children now make up more than a third of America's homeless. This video offers first-person insights into the realities of the homeless working poor.

A Healing Place: Profiles the staff and guests of a respite program for homeless and elderly patients who have been discharged from the hospital but are unable to manage their own care at home or on the street.

Almost Home: An unsentimental look at the lives of children who live in a homeless shelter, and at the adults who try to help them.

Peter, Donald, Willie, Pat: Video portraits of four homeless men living in a respite shelter, this video documents both their problems and their survival strategies.


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