Opinion | How to Raise a Happy Family When You’re Homeless

Homelessness within the United States takes many types. For Elizabeth Herrera, David Lima and their 4 kids, housing instability has meant shifting between unsafe residences, motels, family members’ couches, shelters, the streets and their automotive. After 15 years of this uncertainty, the household moved into their first steady housing — an house within the San Francisco Bay Area — within the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Though they’ve all the time labored, the Herrera-Limas confronted unprecedented and quickly rising housing prices and the challenges of constructing good credit score and job insecurity. These points saved the household from growing everlasting roots within the Bay Area, the place high revenue earners make 12.2 occasions greater than the bottom earners, in accordance to the Public Policy Institute of California. They confronted a life many Americans can’t think about, however they all the time believed that collectively they might create a dwelling for his or her household — with or with out a home.

The quick documentary above is a private account of homelessness, household and inequality. Intimately filmed by Ms. Herrera, the movie challenges our assumptions about what homelessness seems to be like, who can expertise it and the way to hold a household collectively underneath extraordinary circumstances.

Erika Cohn is a Peabody, Emmy and Directors Guild of America award-winning filmmaker.

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