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Encore Film Screening of ‘American Winter’ Focuses on Hard Reality of Poverty

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Encore Film Screening of ‘American Winter’ Focuses on Hard Reality of Poverty,
Newport High School Boone Center to Host Free Showing on March 7

The Lincoln County School District Homeless Education & Literacy Project (H.E.L.P.) and partnering agencies, Samaritan House, Community Services Consortium, United Way and Inter-Christian Outreach, invite you to a free showing of the film “American Winter” at the Newport High School Boone Center on Friday, March 7, at 6 p.m.

An award-nominated HBO documentary, produced in Portland by brothers Harry and Joe Gantz, “American Winter” film follows the personal stories of eight Oregon families in the aftermath of the Great Recession, looking past the myths and misconceptions of homelessness to its reality.

All indicators show that the United States has the highest population of poor citizens since records have been kept, greater than during the Great Depression. With 46 percent of Americans living in or near poverty, such everyday occurrences as a blown tire or a toothache can mean the difference between paying the rent and living in the car, putting gas in the tank to get to work, or buying food for the family. This film brings this hard reality close to home.

County Commissioner Bill Hall and local agency representatives assisting families through this economic crisis will be available before and after the film to answer questions.

This free film screening is made possible through the generous support of Oregon Coast Bank, Western Title and Escrow, Advantage Real Estate and Project Homeless Connect.

Questions? Contact one of the LCSD HELP Centers: Newport, 541-574-5824; Toledo, 541-336-4357; Waldport, 541-563-8584; and Lincoln City, 541-996-4878.

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