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Keys Documentary

Short Documentary Explores Challenges Homeless Families Face After Moving into Housing

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New City Initiative has produced a discussion guide to accompany the Keys documentary. The discussion guide is intended primarily for use by religious education classes and other small groups in congregations, so that they can watch the documentary together and then discuss it.

Download the Keys Discussion Guide

For families that have experienced homelessness, the day they "get the keys" and move into housing is one of the best days of their lives. It also begins a period of intense challenge and stress. Their apartment is empty, with no furniture, chairs, or beds, and they may have no way to move their belongings out of storage into their new home. In just a few months time, they must find employment, enroll children in school, open bank accounts and start paying bills, find resources in unfamiliar neighborhoods, and figure out how to sustain themselves in housing for the long term, often with little help or support.

Keys is a short documentary film about the challenges homeless families face after they transition into housing. The documentary picks up where most similar stories leave off: the day a homeless family moves into housing. In the families' own words, the documentary explores a provocative question: what are the keys to lasting success for these families?

Keys is co-produced by New City Initiative and Portland Community Media, with support from the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

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