THE CRIMINALIZATION OF HOMELESSNESS

NO ADDRESS DOCUMENTARY

Series

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NO ADDRESS Columbia, SC

Release Date: January 2020

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NO ADDRESS Atlanta, GA

Release Date: March 2021

INTRODUCING

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NO ADDRESS California

Release Date: December 2021

Director: Caletta Harris

Executive Producer: Lauren Waring-Douglas

WHAT IS NO ADDRESS ?

NO ADDRESS Documentary series depicts the criminalization of homelessness and how communities across the country can implement proven practical solutions to address this epidemic. By cross pollinating programs that work versus programs that don’t across the United States, we can begin a more effective approach to dealing with human beings without homes.

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Send a letter calling for communities to stop sweeps and place people into individual housing units in accordance with CDC guidance. With the passage of the CARES Act, there is no excuse for communities to continue sweeping encampments or placing people into congregate shelter facilities. Please use these templates following the outlined procedures.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HAVE NO ADDRESS?

Did you know that it is a crime to be homeless? There are over 180 cities in America that criminalize homelessness. In NO ADDRESS Part 1, you will meet the individuals that fought to rescind the 2013 unanimous City Council vote to criminalize the homeless population in Columbia, SC. Criminalization of homelessness  or having No Address means: Go to a shelter, leave town or be at-risk of going to jail if caught on the streets. Moreover, ordinances such as panhandling, loitering, urban camping and more can put an unsheltered person in jail.  In this ongoing series, we sought to cover other cities like Atlanta, GA, Raleigh, NC, San Francisco, Oakland and Los Angles, CA. 

Series Breakdown:

Columbia, SC

Its focus is on the overall start of criminalizing homelessness back in 2013. You will meet the individuals that fought to rescind the 2013 unanimous City Council vote to criminalize their homeless population. Criminalization of homelessness means go to a shelter, get out of town or be at-risk of going to jail if caught on the streets.

 Atlanta, GA

Its focus is on the 1996 Olympics where the criminalization started to the 2019 Super Bowl to the closing of one of the biggest shelters called “Peachtree and Pine” and now COVID-19.

 California

Its focus is on the encampments from San Fransisco to Los Angeles, where Skid Row is the most populated “homeless” area in America only 8 miles from Beverly Hills. It will also focus on the increase of luxury housing, the decrease of a livable income and how gentrification has resulted in displacement and homelessness. 

GOAL

1. Obtain land.  2. Build container home villages  3. Provide wellness centers  4. Organic farming  5. Create wealthy and sustainable entrepreneurs!

Oakland, CA

Atlanta, GA

MEET THE SHINING STARS…

A former unsheltered man of about 13 years due to his drug addiction. He slept in a tent in the woods for several years, but was always employed. He served 10 years in the US Navy. He is now retired, receives Social Security and is no longer on the streets!

John Holmes

Jessica was homeless since she was 18 years old. In NO ADDRESS, you will witness her journey of receiving and losing her home, to the death of her finance´ to being denied stable work and government assistance due to her seizures.

Jessica Edmunds

A former unsheltered man that had the “American” dream until his wife kicked him out of their home due to her illness. He ended up on the streets of Columbia and was very outspoken when Columbia City Council voted to criminalize homelessness.

Jack Burkheimer

REVIEWS

~ Rob Francis

A well devised and riveting reflection of homelessness exposed in a manner more unveiling.  This documentary portrays the ground-level reality of human challenges and instinctive visuals with insights to survival, while depicting the fundamentals and true process of what it is like to live below, among the lower depths of poverty.  It brings to light and references the status of life stagnation, suffering and the requirement of urgently needed assistance from individuals capable to justifiably help the homeless population.

~ Teshia McSwain

Hats off to you! That documentary was powerful. I was in tears. Tears from sadness and anger. My heart sank as I saw some of the people I’ve seen and even talked to, one of which is no longer here. I am inspired to do more…

~ Johnnie McDuffie

This documentary is so well designed and professionally directed by Ms. Caletta of Reel2Reel productions and needs to be seen worldwide. We have to stand as a people, as humans and make the politicians, governors, mayors, and whoever there is that can bring about a change to a horrific situation. Talking about we have overcome is a myth, we haven’t touched the surface of equality, for this thing called homelessness is worst than slavery. Come on America, let’s change this so that the people that have “No Address” can have a place to call “Home,” not homeless.

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