See new film about homelessness this week

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Kindling Group presents a series of community film screenings of the documentary @home this week and next at Austin Town Hall and six other Chicago Park District locations across the city.

The film and post-screening discussion, lead by the Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness, offers a unique forum for community dialogue about homelessness.

A co-production of two Chicago companies, Kindling Group and See3, @home is directed by Chicagoan Susanne Suffredin.

It is a journey through the landscape of a forgotten America, to the invisible communities of people living without permanent housing. It explores the causes of homelessness and the complexities of living on the street.

The presentation series of @home confronts homelessness where it happens everyday – in the parks around our city – where people who are homeless often congregate or seek sanctuary.

This screening series allows the communities to see the issue of homelessness differently, and offers a safe place to discuss this crisis and its impact on our neighborhood and our neighbors.

The film encourages audiences to start a conversation about homelessness. Some people experience crises that can cause them to become homeless: job loss, health problems, domestic violence, fire, and others.

Ending homelessness means prevention to help people who are about to lose their homes, rapid re-housing for people who lose their homes, and support services to promote housing stability and self-sufficiency.

The Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness will lead a post-screening discussions to facilitate dialogue and answer questions about how to get involved. The Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness brings systems coordination and evaluation to Chicago’s Plan to End Homelessness 2.0.

All screenings begin at 7 p.m., and are free and open to the public:

May 29, Austin Town Hall (5610 W. Lake Street)

May 30, Loyola Park (1230 W. Greenleaf)

June 2, West Pullman Park (401 W. 123rd Street)

June 3, Berger Park (6205 N. Sheridan Road)

June 4, Piotrowski Park (4247 W. 31st Street)

June 5, Lake Shore Park (808 N. Lake Shore Drive)

June 6, Palmer Park (201 E. 111th Street)

The screening series leads up to the film’s premiere at the Museum of Contemporary Art on June 9th at 7 p.m. Community screenings will continue throughout the Greater Chicago area through the summer and fall.

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