Distributor:  The Fanlight Collection
Length:  58 minutes
Date:  1988
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: College/Adult/Professional
Color/BW:  Color
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The struggles faced by homeless families in finding shelter, emplyment, food, health care and eduction.


A third of the estimated three million homeless people in the United States are families with children. Each year, thousands of homeless families take to the highways in search of work. This program introduces us to several displaced families, and to the often over-burdened people who struggle to help them find employment, shelter, food, health care, and education. Streetlife illuminates the complexity of this growing national problem, and will help encourage a public response based on the real needs of these homeless families.

'Puts a human face on a problem too many of us still see in the abstract. Highly Recommended.' -Editor's Choice, Video Librarian

'Recommended. Those who think that America's homeless are all 'lazy, crazy, drunk or doped' will see that stereotype shattered in this video.' -Library Journal

'Underlines the complexity of the issue and the danger of treating the symptoms rather than eliminating the fundamental causes. A stirring and revealing documentary.' -Booklist


** American Film and Video Festival
** Chicago International Film Festival
** American Psychological Association
** Council on Foundations


Main credits

Verdoia, Ken (reporter)
Verdoia, Ken (film director)
Verdoia, Ken (film producer)

Other credits

Videographer, Carl Seibert; music composed and performed by: Steve Holmes, Nancy Talcott.

Distributor credits

KUED, University of Utah

Ken Verdoia

KUED, University of Utah
Ken Verdoia

Docuseek2 subjects

Housing and Homelessness
Family Issues

Distributor subjects

Closed Captioned
Family Relations
Fanlight Collection
Issues and Ethics


documentary film; video; social policy; social problems; social issues; homelessness; homeless shelter; working poor; poverty; family; families; "Streetlife"; The Fanlight Collection

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