In 2010, San Luis Obispo was identified as the "Happiest City in America" by author Dan Buettner in his book "Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way". In early 2011 Oprah Winfrey also showcased the findings of this book on her television program. While San Luis Obispo is indeed, a wonderful place to live for many individuals, the harsh reality is that for many of its homeless residents this is not the case…

The documentary "Homeless Not Hopeless" was written & co-directed by Jason Reed, co-directed, filmed, edited and narrated by Christina Bearce (of Highlight Media). Financial support was provided by the San Luis Obispo Homeless Services Oversight Council (HSOC).  The purpose of the documentary is to raise awareness about the plight of the homeless, reduce stigma & misconception, showcase beneficial services and propose potential solutions. 

On the "Video" link above you'll see edited segments of the documentary as well as the one minute trailer. The full 60 minute version is being shown locally and will eventually be posted on the website in its entirety in mid-2012. 

On the "Press Kit" link above you'll see information about the inspiration and production of the documentary, including video interviews with the filmmakers and allied individuals.

Lastly, on the "Order the DVD" link above you'll be able to order a copy of the DVD documentary. We encourage supporters to show the DVD publicly to increase the impact of the enumeration findings (also see "Get Involved" link above for further suggestions).

© Highlight Media and HSOC, 2011-2012