American Family Part 1

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have enough, it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”  –  Franklin Roosevelt  

In this episode we look into the the conditions of homelessness in the city of Detroit, Michigan in the Summer of 2008. We introduce you to Juan, his new wife LaKeena and her two children, Samaje and Samia. In 2008 they found themselves having to live in the family shelter known as COTS.

Part 1 examines the causes of homelessness and the rise of homeless families as a result of stagnating wages and the Great Recession. Following the family of four through the routines, experiences and emotions of losing a home and trying to find a new one in the aftermath of the 2007 financial crisis, the film attempts to put an honest lens on the effects of poverty in 21st Century America.