How is the housing crisis affecting Latino families?
The film 'A Decent Home' explores the difficulties Americans and Latino immigrants have in finding affordable housing.
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A Decent Home, directed by Sara Terry, addresses pressing issues of social class and economic immobility through trailer home dwellers — including several Latino families — who don't have the luxury of living anywhere else.
The film features several testimonials from people, victims of classism, economic injustice and lack of affordable housing, forced to opt for mobile homes, while continuing to fight for their homes — and their communities.
As the crisis stifles families, private equity firms and investors buy parks, earning sky-high returns on their investments while squeezing every penny out of families living in mobile homes and paying rent for the land on which they live.
Through the lives of the park's residents, the film asks, "How much is enough?" as audiences watch the hijacking of the American dream by the richest of the rich in a time of inequality —and witness the inspiring efforts of a growing group of mobile homeowners rising up to take back their homes.
“They speak about community, about neighbors helping neighbors, about the happiness that comes from living a life that they can afford. They volunteer at homeless shelters; they lead Boy Scout troops; they collect can to help fund worthy causes; they set aside what they can, even five dollars a month, to give to their favorite charities, including the World Wildlife Fund and the local food bank. We need to hear these people, we need to see these people, we need to value them and everything they represent about the best of who we are as Americans. And we need to question who on earth are we becoming as Americans when housing that is on the very lowest rung of the American Dream is being bought up by the wealthiest of the wealthy seeking to make outrageous returns on their investments. When are the rich rich enough? Whose dream are we serving?” Terry said in a released statement.
A Decent Home was presented at several film festivals in the United States throughout 2022. It had its national television broadcast and streaming premiere on March 16 as part of the 11th season of America ReFramed on the WORLD Channel.
It will be available on streaming on worldchannel.org and on demand across all PBS platforms, including the PBS app, until March 15, 2024.