Monday, June 17, 2013

HBO's "Homeless: The Motel Kids of Orange County" (Alexandra Pelois) re-aired by CNN

Sunday. June 16, CNN re-aired a one-hour HBO film “Homeless: The Motel Kids of Orange County”, by Alexandra Pelosi.
The film presented families (mostly headed by single mothers) who had been evicted from or unable to get apartments because their low-wage jobs did not support the requirements for getting apartments, especially with enough bedrooms for several children.  And, outside of New York, Orange County CA (around Anaheim and Disneyland) was presented as having some of the highest rentals in the nation.

The film focuses on interviewing the kids.  In one case, a pre-teen had started burglarizing homes in order to bring money for the family. In another case, a mother had been evicted from a residence motel (I think under Section 8) because her son had vandalized the property.

In one segment the kids describe infestation by bedbugs and body lice.

The film would fit well into the message of Barbara Ehrenreich's books about low wage work ("Nickel and Dimed", etc.)  

The link for the film is here.

The film  also showed Hope School, associated with the Project Hope Alliance, as described here

The cardboard signs along roads increasingly are held by women these days.  In Washington DC, a local church would make sandwiches for the homeless after pot-luck a few years ago, and then the DC Health Department asked them to shut the service down.  
In 2010, there were 28,000 homeless children in Orange County.  

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