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Poverty and Economic Mobility

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Saturday, April 8, 2017, 3:30-5:00 p.m.


-          Tent City (Run time: 52 min 19 sec). Tent city documents the everyday lives of various members living in a homeless community in the woods of Lakewood, NJ and their perspectives on homelessness. This community comprises people from all walks of life, and its residents include artists, veterans, and a minister. Tent City combats the “get a job” stereotype of homelessness by documenting the lives of these individuals, many that work full-time jobs and yet still can’t afford traditional housing. An ongoing crisis in the United States, Tent City documents the lack of economic mobility for many individuals, and the realities of being homeless and being the working poor.

Film/Information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9Q_1RiShtI&t=137s


-          Miguel Gallardo, Community Organizer, Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA). LUCHA led the Arizona Fight for $15 Movement with the help of many organizations such as United Students Against Sweatshops and PUENTE. Miguel worked on the Fight for $15 Movement and will discuss the economic struggles facing people today, where – much like in Tent City – it is becoming harder to make a living wage.

-          Sam Sumner, Director of Emergency Services, Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program (I-HELP). I-HELP is the only shelter program available in the city of Tempe, coordinated through the Tempe Community Action Agency (TCAA). I-HELP provides for the immediate needs of homeless individuals, but also offers resources for finding employment and regaining self-sufficiency.

Session schedule:

-          3:30-4:30 p.m.: Screening of Tent City

-          4:35-5:00 p.m: Q& A session with Gallardo and Sumner