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Clinical Law Program Hosts Film Screening & Discussion on Nov. 11

The struggle to serve those who are homeless is ever more poignant as the numbers of citizens without housing continues to grow in these difficult economic and political times. We invite you to join us on Nov. 11 in an evening of reflection about models that are being implemented across the country, and a discussion about the possibilities and challenges of implementing those models in Baltimore.

5:30 p.m.
Film Screening
Empress Hotel
Official selection 2009 Nashville Film Festival
Official selection 2009 San Francisco International Film Festival
Empress Hotel is a feature-length documentary film about formerly homeless people in San Francisco. The film contrasts the order of the hotel as a community to the solitary lives of the individuals who live there. The film explores perspective and truth about what it is to be homeless and whether mental illness is an indiscriminate label applied more readily to those already demoralized by circumstance. Some subjects' pasts are reenacted and inner fantasies and metaphorical descriptions are visualized.

7 p.m.
Discussion
Housing First: A National Movement and Its Local Possibilities
Housing First is a relatively recent innovation in human service programs and social policy regarding treatment of the homeless. Rather than moving homeless individuals through different "levels" of housing, known as the Continuum of Care, whereby each level moves them closer to "independent housing" (for example: from the streets to a public shelter, and from a public shelter to a shelter run by a state agency, and from there to a transitional housing program, and from there to their own apartment in the community) Housing First moves the homeless immediately from the streets or homeless shelters into their own apartments.
Panelists:

Roberta Goodman
Producer, Empress Hotel

Jacqueline Robarge
Director, Power Inside

Sarah Spangler Rhine
Staff Attorney, Homeless Persons Representation Project

Kevin Lindamood
Vice President for External Affairs, Health Care for the Homeless

Moderator:
Brenda Bratton Blom, JD, PhD
Director, Clinical Law Program

Sponsored by the School of Law's Clinical Law Program and the Homeless Persons Representation Project.


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