The Advocates in LA County

Over half a million people are homeless in the United States–25% of whom are in California.

Amid public outcry over the ballooning homeless population in Los Angeles–nearly 54,000 people on any given night–three advocates with three different organizations show what the lost ideal of “care in the community” looks like amid a changing policy landscape.

“The only thing standing between many Angelenos and homelessness is a single moment of bad luck,” says filmmaker Rémi Kessler, whose documentary “The Advocates” is now in theaters.

“I hope from the bottom of my heart that in 10 years, homelessness will have been solved—that this film will just be a document depicting a moment in time when the city came together to solve a crisis,” said Kessler.

Intensely human and humanizing, “The Advocates,” provides a sweeping look at the historic and current causes of Los Angeles’ unprecedented crisis, largely due to the lack of affordable housing. It goes behind the headlines with pragmatic stories of the transformative work that is possible when compassion is combined with the right resources and funding such as Measure H.

Passed by Los Angeles County voters in March 2017, Measure H has provided thousands of people with an unprecedented level of services.

“Thanks to this ongoing investment, we are housing more people than ever before, and are still ramping up our compassionate and innovative services to help our most vulnerable neighbors live a life of dignity and purpose,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who championed Measure H, which is highlighted in the documentary.

“The Advocates” is playing at the Monica Film Center in Santa Monica, North Hollywood, Encino, and Pasadena.