Sue Koesterman Joins Discussion on Homelessness
Following the screening of Chapter One of “Home. The Homelessness Crisis in North Dakota” on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, Sue Koesterman will join a panel discussion about homelessness in the Fargo-Moorhead area. The event is free and open to the public. Follow this link to reserve your seat online.
Koesterman is currently the Executive Director of Churches United for the Homeless, providing shelter, support, free hot meals, and case management services for homeless men, women, and families in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Her work embraces the “housing first principles”, striving to move residents from shelter to stable housing as quickly as possible. Koesterman was also one of the initiators and leaders for the FM Sheltering Churches Project, a volunteer-run organization built on the partnerships between area shelters and churches in the Fargo-Moorhead metro to provide shelter to the homeless during the North Dakota and Minnesota winters.
“Home.” is a 12-part limit-series documenting the homelessness crisis in North Dakota. The series examines causes of homelessness, and the individuals affected. The premiere of “Home.” explores the myths surrounding homelessness and the right to housing. The premiere also introduces some of the organizations working to combat homelessness in North Dakota. The rest of the series is scheduled to be released early in 2019.
The series aims to raise the visibility of what Louis McLeod, Executive Director of the Minot Area Homeless Coalition, calls the “invisible crisis” in North Dakota.
Trailer for “Home. The Homelessness Crisis in North Dakota”
The screening is hosted by the Fargo Housing and Redevelopment Authority, an organization that serves its mission of “Empowering People to Achieve Independence Through Housing” through responsible and efficient administration of the federal Housing Choice Voucher program to supplement rent expense for those most in need, through property management of a variety of affordable housing projects, and through property development of additional safe and affordable housing for residents of the Fargo, ND area. FHRA offers a variety of affordable housing options ranging from HUD-subsidized units for families, seniors, veterans, or persons with disabilities to projects that are more service-enriched and designed specifically for persons coming out of homelessness.
Koesterman will be joined on the panel with:
• Sonya Jensen, The Human Family, Director of “Home.”
• Jillian Gould, Gladys Ray Shelter & Veteran’s Drop-In Center
• Barry Nelson, North Dakota Human Rights Coalition
• Cody Schuler, FM Coalition to End Homelessness
• Pastor Sue Kosterman, Churches United for the Homeless
The conversation will be guided by the following broad themes:
- The story behind the film-making and production journey
- How the portrayal of homelessness in the film reflects our community’s current landscape
- The evolution of housing issues your organizations have faced, and those you continue to confront
- Distinctly and collaboratively meeting the community challenges of the future
The screening will take place on Tuesday, April 2 at the Fargo Theatre in Fargo, North Dakota. This event is free of charge and open to all. Doors will open at 6:30 PM.
“Home.” is produced by The Human Family, a North Dakota non-profit dedicated to promoting human rights and social justice through film and art. For more information about “Home.” or The Human Family, visit www.human-family.org.