The 40-minute piece is called The Cost of Living: The Faces of the Housing Crisis in Long Beach. The film was made by Housing Long Beach.
The documentary tells the tories of how Long Beach families are challenged to find quality housing that is affordable.
One story is of a woman in a wheelchair who has lived for ten years in an inaccessible apartment where she can’t use her own bathroom, simply because more modern wheelchair accessible apartments are more expensive and out of her reach.
Another young man who aged out of the foster care system found himself homeless, with no safety net and nowhere to go, according to officials with Housing Long Beach.
The event will also include dance and spoken word, and a panel discussion with a local developer, an elementary school principal, a film participant and the Executive Director of Housing Long Beach.
The Cost of Living: The Faces of the Housing Crisis in Long Beach is being released at a critical time; with the city’s planning process for the eight-year state-mandated Housing Element report underway, and the vote at City Council set for late fall, Housing Long Beach is elevating the dialogue on housing and building momentum for council support of progressive citywide policies.
The screening is set for Saturday, Sept. 21 at noon, at the Art Theater of Long Beach, 2025 E. 4th St.
Attending will be George Lopez, of Jamboree
Housing Corp.; Stephanie Lee, principal of New City School; Mary Zendejas, Disability
Activist and Kerry Gallagher, Executive Director of Housing Long Beach.