BOSS Bay Area's mission is to help homeless, poor, and disabled people achieve health and self-sufficiency, and to fight against the root causes of poverty and homelessness. Today, BOSS is recognized as a social justice leader with housing, reentry, violence prevention, along with innovative service delivery methodologies.
The Invisible Class explores what it truly means to be homeless in America, challenging stereotypes and examining the systemic causes of mass homelessness in the wealthiest nation in the world. From coast to coast the film is a day in the life of homelessness across America.
The Invisible Class confronts the often inaccurate stereotypes of homelessness in America. When one takes a clear and honest look at homelessness in America, the reality is radically different from common public assumptions. Our film aims to make the invisible visible – to educate, to surprise, and hopefully to move our viewers to a deeper understanding of contemporary homelessness.
The structure of The Invisible Class is a “Day in the Life” of the American homeless. Though the film has been shot over the course of eight years, from one coast to the next, we use a temporal convention to organize the footage as a single day. From 6:00 am on one unremarkable day to 6:00 am the next, we experience the multi-faceted reality of the homeless, the volunteers working in direct outreach to them, and the advocacy organizations lobbying on their behalf.
We hope you will join us for this important work and even more critical conversation.
The panel discussion will be moderated by Melvin Cowan, Deputy Director of BOSS Featuring panelists: Michelle Starratt, Alameda County Housing & Community Development; James E. Vann, Homeless Advocacy Working Group; and C'Mone Falls, City of Oakland Planner, Community Homeless Services.
This is a private screening and you must be registered to attend this event. REGISTER HERE