Documenting the Homelessness Crisis in North Dakota.

Chapter One

The Right to Housing

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Chapter One examines the homelessness crisis in North Dakota and the right to housing. Focusing on the myths, the individuals impacted, the causes and the community response to the epidemic, Chapter One challenges the perceptions of homelessness.

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Chapter Two

Bootstraps, Blizzards and Black Gold

Chapter Two explores North Dakota’s “bootstrap” mentality, deadly weather systems and the impact of the oil boom on affordable housing in western North Dakota.

a humanitarian crisis

 

The 2017 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Annual Homelessness Assessment Report attributes the largest percentage increase in homelessness in the United States to North Dakota – a 26% increase between 2016 and 2017. North Dakota also currently has the highest percentage of unsheltered families with children in the Nation.

Home. is a multi-part documentary series focusing on the homelessness crisis in North Dakota. Understanding housing as a human right and as an inherent need to the health and happiness of all persons, the series examines the myths of homelessness, its causes and highlights the state-wide organizations and individuals engaged in the fight to end homelessness in North Dakota.

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Creating Awareness

Panel discussions about the homelessness crisis have been held across the state following screenings of Home. The Homelessness Crisis in North Dakota.

Through the support of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, the Fargo-Moorhead Coalition to End Homelessness, the Consensus Council, Bell Bank, the Fargo Housing and Redvelopment Authority, the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition, Humanities North Dakota, and the Change Network those panel discussions have been collected and are aviable to watch below.

Bismarck

A panel discussion about homelessness in the Bismarck-Mandan communities. Moderated by Scott Fry of the Consensus Council, the discussion features the voices of Mark Meijer of the Heaven’s Helpers Soup Cafe, Jena Gullo of the Missouri Slope Area United Way, and Mark Heinert of YouthWorks.

This discussion took place in Bismarck at the Heritage​ Center on December 5, 2018. The panel discussion was funded in part through the generosity of Humanities North Dakota, a nonprofit, independent state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the program do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities North Dakota or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Grand Forks

A panel discussion about homelessness in the Grand Forks – East Grand Forks communities.

Moderated by Jessica Thomasson of the Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, the discussion features the voices of Troy, a man experiencing homelessness at the time of the recording, Sue Shriek, Executive Director of the Northlands Rescue Mission, Dr. George Connell, Professor of Philosophy at Concordia College, and Lori Borschat, volunteer at the Lake Region Community Shelter in Devils Lake, North Dakota.

This discussion took place in Bismarck at the Empire Arts Center on January 19, 2019. The panel discussion was funded in part through the generosity of Humanities North Dakota, a nonprofit, independent state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the program do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities North Dakota or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Devils Lake

A panel discussion about homelessness in the Devils Lake community.

Moderated by Sonya Jensen, writer and director of Home: The Homelessness Crisis in North Dakota, the discussion features the voices of John Schnase, formerly homeless, Nancy Lundon, Volunteer at the Lake Region Community Shelter, Lori Borschat, volunteer at the Lake Region Community Shelter, Reanne Pederson, Care Coordinator with the F5 Project, and Marylin Tune, Board Member with the Lake Region Community Shelter.

This discussion took place in Devils Lake at the Lake Region Community Shelter on April 7, 2019. The panel discussion was funded in part through the generosity of The Change Network.

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