"The Homeless Home Movie" interweaves the stories of five very different homeless people over the course of a
year. They range from a pregnant 15 year old runaway Tina to a couple who live in their car Ken and Debbie as well as
a Vietnam Vet West Side who lives out year round, and a man Greg bankrupted after his daughter's long fight with
leukemia. Their opinions, actions, and histories of these homeless people, come together to expose the harsh realities and problems of homelessness.
The personal stories of the various homeless people are complemented by the contrasting viewpoints of two compelling
homeless advocates, whose radically different ideas create a powerful and provocative debate throughout the video. Mary
Jo Copeland, sometimes called the "Mother Teresa of America," represents a traditional charitable and religious
approach to homelessness. She is in sharp opposition to Mark Thisius, founder and leader of Up and Out of Poverty; his
strong belief in social justice has led him to organize the takeover and occupation of more than 100 HUD homes and
Together all seven of these contemporary stories create a dramatic and diverse portrait of homelessness that will provoke
discussion about the social, psychological, and political dimensions of poverty, homelessness, and welfare.