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Film Screening & Discussion: The Palm Springs Human Rights Commission presents "Storied Streets"

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 Film Screening & Discussion:

Storied Streets

Storied Streets

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Presented by the Palm Springs Human Rights Commission


Join us to watch Storied Streets on Wednesday, October 12th and examine the many aspects of homelessness. The film will begin at 6:30 p.m. in The Learning Center (TLC).

This documentary film, directed by Jack Robbins and executive produced by Susan Sarandon, profiles the homeless and the formerly homeless and their struggle to survive. Their raw and compelling stories will change the way you feel about homelessness.

Following the screening of the film, the Human Rights Commission will lead a discussion with special guests to be announced.  


  • As many as 3.5 million people will experience homelessness this year.
  • 1.5 million of the homeless will be children and as many as 600,000 will be under the age of 5.
  • 35% of those who are homeless are employed.
  • Top five causes of homelessness are:
    1. Lack of affordable housing
    2. Lack of a livable wage
    3. Medical issues/conditions
    4. Domestic violence
    5. Mental illness
  • 600,000 veterans will experience homelessness this year.
  • Homelessness was the only group submitted under the Hate Crime Act that was not admitted—yet there has been nearly triple the number of homeless-related hate crime deaths than there has been for all currently protected classes combined.
  • Only 5 states in the US have classified the violence against the homeless as a hate crime.
  • There are over 1700 laws on the books of cities across the country that target the homeless.
  • Progress is being made. With some states increasing minimum wage and states like Utah proactively adopting the Housing First model, homelessness has begun to finally see a decrease.
  • It costs on average more than 3 times the amount of money to incarcerate someone as it does to house them.
  • 44% of the homeless population is unsheltered.
  • There are 4 times as many animal shelters in the US as there are homeless shelters.
  • Federal cuts to food stamps threaten 3.8 million people.
  • Federal funding for public housing has continued to decrease and between 2009 and 2012 it decreased by 25%.

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