Movies have always been made to sell.
We want movies to share.
There is a new way to make films that entertain but also create an engine for social good. Our film is a trojan horse—a coming of age college comedy designed to reach a mass audience—that will also have a strong social message and tangible impact on the world. Humor is our spoonful of sugar.
Home Free humanizes our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness and asks viewers to think about what we can all do to make a difference.
This crisis is one we cannot afford to ignore any longer.
We’re committed to focusing on The Esperanza Community and elevating the lives of their 150+ residents. This community is at the beginning of a journey from a displaced collection of temporary shelters towards self-governance, stability, and transitional housing. We believe this community will set a replicable example of how to address homelessness in cities across the country.
The Other Ones Foundation (TOOF) has granted Home Free the designation of fiscal sponsorship—extending our film their legal and tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status. Every donation received will directly benefit homeless charities like TOOF by proportionally increasing their profit share in the film. Also 6% of all donations will immediately benefit TOOF.
In August, TOOF became the stewards of the Esperanza Community, a 150+ person State-sanctioned encampment in East Austin. There, they provide case management, hygiene facility access, employment opportunities, community building, and a day shelter with internet access and mail service. They also coordinate with other groups to offer mental and physical health resources, food access, and more.
The next step is to build 200 individual shelter units so that these folks can get out of the elements and have a safe and dignified journey off the streets and into stable housing!
As TOOF builds this complex, they will be employing Esperanza Community residents in the construction project. Unhoused folks will not only earn a dignified wage and learn trade skills, but will actually be building their own shelter units!
One of our crews, hard at work! Our crews are comprised of people experiencing homelessness, doing what they need to do to get back to a stable and fulfilled life!
$75 offers a day’s work to an unhoused resident of the Esperanza Community. These folks will be earning a dignified wage of $15/hr, learning trade skills, and building a transformational shelter complex that will benefit all 150+ residents of the Esperanza Community. It is essential that we are able to get folks out of the elements and into a safe and dignified place while they work toward stable housing and income. Thank you for your contribution toward making this happen. Providing work opportunity and shelter for these people will have a very real and lasting impact on their lives!
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