Across the U.S., virtually everyone is feeling the deepening economic crunch in one way or another. Unemployment rates are soaring and homelessness is skyrocketing as the economy continues to sink. Millions of Americans are in dire straits… and stories of trying to survive the times are all too common.
On this edition, we visit with a family who lost their home and now lives inside their cramped trailer in a city parking lot. And we’ll hear how two different communities are dealing with the economic crisis by taking matters into their own hands.
David Clements, homeless, lives in trailer with family; Jennifer, Chloe, Yanni, Enya, and Kierlan, David’s family; Nancy Kapp, New Beginnings Counseling Center homeless outreach coordinator; Max Rameau, Take Back The Land founder; Eric Evinowskis, Pinellas Hope facilities manager; Sheila Lopez, Pinellas Catholic Charities CEO and Pinellas Hope director; Rocco Mariano, Laura Letziati, James Stockstill, Pinellas Hope clients; Marie Nadine Pierre, Take Back the Land participant; Kelly Penton, City of Miami spokesperson.
Executive Producer/Host: Tena Rubio
Producer/Co-Host: Andrew Stelzer
Mixing Engineer: Matt Fidler of “Fidler, Sound and Media”
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
Associate Director: Khanh Pham
Production Coordinator: Elena Botkin-Levy
Interns: Keisha Thomas, Asma Mohseni, Patti Restaino, and Rita Daniels
Nancy Folbre (17:39)
Nancy Folbre is a professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is also a blog writer for the The New York Times “Economix.” She speaks with our executive director, Lisa Rudman about the U.S. economy.
For more information:
New Beginnings Counseling Center – Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Pinellas Hope – Pinellas Park, FL
Santa Barbara Food Bank (South County) – Santa Barbara, CA
Take Back the Land – Miami, FL
Catholic Charities, USA – Alexandria, VA
Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (CARH) – Alexandria, VA
Kensington Welfare Rights Union – Philadelphia, PA
National Alliance to End Homelessness – Washington, DC
National Coalition for the Homeless – Washington, DC
National Housing Institute – Maplewood, NJ
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty – Washington, DC
St. Mary’s Center – Oakland, CA
Urban Institute – Washington, DC
World Hunger Year (WHY) – New York, NY
Western Regional Advocacy Project – San Francisco, CA
Related articles and reports:
“Foreclosure Fightback” by Ben Ehrenreich, The Nation
GritTV A Gender Agenda: Women and the Financial Crisis
“Sex and the Stimulus” by Nancy Folbre
Dominic Balli –– “All We Need is Love”