Peace Center screens film on homelessness

July 16, 2017 by  

Jeff Akers, a musician, filmmaker, and multimedia consultant from Ohio, recently had a screening of his film ‘Homeless in the South’ at the Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina.

The film explores homelessness throughout states such as Georgia, North Carolina, and Alabama. What Akers discovered was that Greenville had the highest homeless rate of the State and that the homeless in Greenville were generally the friendliest people out of everyone he encountered making the documentary.

Although they had advantages when it came to easy access to food, the homeless there had a difficult time getting back on their feet or remaining financially secure due to the fact that there is a lack of affordable housing in the city.

Akers recently commented on what he hopes people will learn from the movie, saying:

“I tried to paint the picture from a 360-degree angle, not just based upon the concept of being homeless, but the totality of how this problem affects society, how it’s rising. You take for instance the property damage that they leave. … There are some that don’t want help. I think that’s the hardest part for service providers, is that the schematic of homelessness is so huge, it’s not one solution.”

For more information regarding the film, Jeff Akers, or to view flyers for upcoming events with Jeff Akers, visit his website.