Screening of Seeking Shelter
- Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 5:00pm
- Strand Union Building, Procrastinator Theater - view map
Seeking Shelter: a Tiny Home Solution is a documentary short about the Housing First Village (HFV) Project, the result of a partnership among the Human Resources Development Center, Reverend Connie Campbell-Pearson and the Schools of Architecture and Film & Photography at Montana State University (MSU) in Bozeman, MT.
The HFV Project is intended to provide transformative housing to Bozeman’s chronically homeless. Targeted towards the homeless population that is most at risk, HFV is a safe and sustainable model designed to support successful reintegration into community living and permanent housing. The single-user “tiny” homes or shelters would provide a cost-effective way to address the growing issue of homelessness while maintaining the autonomy and dignity of the resident. Utilizing best practices from around the nation, this model is based on the “Housing First” philosophy, which limits the barriers to entry and provides supportive services to residents for mental health and addiction counseling.
In May 2017, Architecture graduate students and community volunteers began the construction of a prototype tiny house in Cheever Hall at MSU under the supervision of Architecture Professors Ralph Johnson and Bill Clinton (MSU). Every step in the building process has been thoroughly documented by MFA students Jessica Portuondo and Evangeline Koonce with the guidance and supervision of Film Professor Lucia Ricciardelli (School of Film & Photography, MSU). Homelessness is an unacceptable condition in a country of our wealth. The documentary film that Portuondo, Koonce, and Ricciardelli are producing will demonstrate how every community can build a village where the residents feel protected, respected and connected. By breaking down stereotypes about homelessness, the documentary film will hopefully help lower the walls of hatred and fear that so often lead to discrimination, isolation, and exclusion.
Tiny Homes mixes observational footage showing architecture graduate students and volunteers building a Tiny House Prototype for the HFV Project with interviews of some of the project main players discussing the beneficial impact of the Housing First Village initiative on the Bozeman community and, especially, on Montana's homeless population.
Screenings take place Tuesday, September 18th at 5:00 pm in the Procrastinator Theater and Thursday, September 20th at the Emerson Cultural Center at 7:00 pm. Both will be followed by a brief Q & A.
- College of Arts and Architecture