Homestretch Screening on April 13, 2015
On April 13, 2015, WHUT hosted a community screening of The Homestretch. The Homestretch follows the lives of three young homeless teens from Chicago, who face several obstacles to achieve their goals.
Following the screening, WHUT held a community conversation about homelessness, the film’s accuracy, and what the community could do to help solve this ongoing issue. The discussion was led by a panel of homeless youth and homeless advocates who are dedicated to defeating homelessness in the Washington, DC area.
After the discussion, attendees signed a petition letter to Mayor Muriel Bowser showing their support in the movement to end youth homelessness.
"The Homestretch," which is presented by Independent Lens, looks at the lives of three Chicago teens struggling with homelessness and reaching their dreams to succeed past high school. The film also focuses on a number of other dynamic issues – poverty, diversity, etc. – that makes the award-winning documentary a must-watch film.
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|Community partnerships can help homeless youth|
Thousands of students walk hallways, crowd into lunch lines and file classrooms, but one might never guess that several of those children could be homeless. More than 2.5 million children in the United States were homeless at some point in 2013, which breaks down to 1 in 30 children, according to the National Center on Family Homelessness.