A film that showed me how close homelessness can be for families
Written by Emma Lytle, Seattle University senior communications major and project assistant, Seattle University’s Project on Family Homelessness
Note: This is the first in a series in which we ask our staff to react to the “American Refugees” film that most appealed to them.
Stability is the foundation and the glue that holds a family together. Stability comes in many forms, whether it’s sustaining a steady job or having a place to call home.
As the daughter of a firefighter and a nurse, I grew up feeling that sense of stability. But some families aren’t always so lucky. Sometimes that glue disappears from a family as parents struggle to make ends meet.
“Home for Sale” is a captivating short film about the loss of a family’s stability and the reality of losing their home. This film showed me how close my family could have been to being homeless while I was growing up.
“That would never happen to us.”
This quote is from the short film. It’s what a couple says as they think about buying a foreclosed house. They feel they would never lose their home to foreclosure.
I have always believed this statement to be true for me and for my family too. This film shook me with the reality of homelessness.