A new, short documentary, “A Place of Their Own“, depicts the current state of homelessness particularly in Ocean County, New Jersey, while exploring the innovative options to address this growing problem. Ocean County currently has no shelters within its borders.
The film provides vital education on some of the issues that are causing a rise in homelessness in the state, as well as programs such as Micro-housing and One Stop Model shelters, which serve to alleviate some of the problems.
Directed & Edited by VProd
Won the Harriet Tubman Award at the Freedom Film Festival.
From 2015 to 2016, the 29-minute film was screened in at festivals in NY, NJ and Washington DC, including the Garden State Film Festival, and the Hoboken International Film Festival.
The film is currently available for screening for educational and awareness purposes
The film includes interviews with former residents of Tent City, the now closed homeless encampment in Lakewood, as well as key advocate of the homeless, including Minister Steve Brigham.
The film also showcases, Julie Orlando, director of Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Services, who attended a White House function in July honoring agencies who are running successful programs to reduce incidents of homelessness.
Local families and youth groups will built their home out of cardboard boxes to prepare for a night when the average temperature is near freezing (34 degrees).
“The goal of this film has always been to bring about discussion on the various causes of homelessness and get people talking about solutions, thinking outside the box and looking at new ways in which to assist those in need,” said Candida Wiltshire, executive producer of the film, as well as counselor and homeless advocate.