Thank you, New Times, for your continued coverage of issues relating to homelessness in SLO County. Whether it be the recent cover story on individuals living out of their vehicles (Colin Rigley’s “You can’t go home, and you can’t stay here,” Feb. 22) or your ongoing expose of local residents’ unique stories (“The Homeless Project”), I commend you for bringing increased attention to this important topic and for providing a proverbial “voice” to those that are often “voiceless” in our community.
A documentary that my partner Christina and I directed and produced will be debuting at the SLO International Film Festival on Sunday, March 11, at 6 p.m. at the Downtown Centre Cinemas in the city of San Luis Obispo. Titled Homeless Not Hopeless (In the Happiest Place in America), this documentary seeks to bring awareness of the local prevalence of homelessness while showcasing the resiliency of many individuals dealing with such challenges. We would like to extend a formal invitation to the local community to come out and show support. In addition to the film festival screening, we are planning on having a number of local screenings and discussion forums in the coming months to better engage the community in further productive dialogue.
We have also created a website with additional information, resources, and suggestions on how we can all become allies in the fight to end homelessness. For more information, please visit homelessnothopeless.net. Thank you for your support.