HOME FREE is a documentary web series that explores answers to the crisis of homelessness, and offers greater understanding of the mindsets that refuse rehabilitation and sanctuary. In Sarasota, Florida, we have recently begun implementing 11 of 12 steps recommended to us by Dr. Robert Marbut after local governments collaborated to hire the expert to help us deal with our growing homeless epidemic. The Marbut plan lended great credibility to the Step UP 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness in Sarasota County developed through the Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness, and is helping the community to refine its focus. This series aims to refine that focus further by showcasing the effectiveness of what has been implemented, the opportunities that lay before us, and how this community reaches the 12th step of a "come as you are" shelter, or utilizes its creative resourcefulness to find a better way.
HOME FREE will feature interviews with local citizens and professionals that work with the homeless community, tours of the facilities that serve them, and the stories of those who have been personally affected by homelessness. The documentary will be released in serial form through a variety of video sharing platforms, and will be reformatted to be released as a television series and feature length film.