Please join us for the next CURA Housing Forum
Roberta Goodman and the Film "Empress Hotel"
Friday, September 17, 2010
11:15 AM – 1:30 PM
L-110, Honeywell Auditorium, Carlson School of Management
321 19th Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (West Bank Campus)
Directions and parking: http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/maps/CarlSMgmt/
About Ms. Goodman:
A social activist for nearly 40 years, Goodman's work has spanned a wide spectrum from community activism to international human rights. Her compassion, depth of understanding and empathy allow her to navigate across diverse communities establishing common ground and respect. She has represented and worked alongside international scholars, academics, labor leaders, elected officials, community activists and artists.
In 2004, Goodman managed the Empress Hotel, a Direct Access to Housing site for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. The innovative project transitions people for homelessness to subsidized permanent supportive housing - an integral part of San Francisco's Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness.
About the film:
The Empress Hotel is home to a rarified clientele - ninety people with mental illness or addiction who have lived on the streets of San Francisco. Not every person can stay on meds or get clean, yet out of hopelessness and chaos, a community is formed. During Roberta Goodman’s tenure as building manager at the Empress Hotel, she was inspired by the life stories of the residents and was committed to putting a human face on homelessness. Empress Hotel masterfully shares the residents’ life stories and their daily interactions with service providers and building staff to craft a moving portrait of a building, a neighborhood and all of the lives that intersect within.
CURA Housing Forums are free of charge and open to the public.