Veteran Homelessness – NYT Editorial

Yesterday, the International New York Times published an editorial titled “Broken Promises to Homeless Vets” where the Board called President Obama’s recent statement of having reduced the number of homeless veterans by 47 percent, an “upbeat statistic [that] actually reflects shrunken ambition and mission failure” Last year we released the second chapter of our video …

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Not Allowed to Use Public Restrooms

Last week NPR posted an article titled “San Diego Installed Public Loos, But Now They're Flush With Problems” and in it they describe how the installation of two prefabricated public restrooms in this California city has caused discomfort and mistrust amongst business owners and the general population. The reason of this uneasiness? Homeless individuals’ use …

Unwelcome. Chapter 4: Neglected Groups

Through our documentary series “Unwelcome” we have discussed some of the aspects of the systemic injustices committed against individuals experiencing homelessness in the state of Arizona. Whether it is the false claims of eradication of veteran chronic homelessness or the discrimination against prospective employees based solely on their homelessness state, we have taken a profound …

Unwelcome. Chapter 3: “Getting Back On Your Feet”

“Getting back on your feet” is a phrase often heard by individuals experiencing homelessness whether it is from agencies, as the intended goal behind recovery and housing stability services, or from society, as its denounce on their apparent lack of self-reliance and “opportunism”. On Chapter 3, our participants discuss the experience of navigating supportive services and …

Unwelcome. Chapter 2: Housing First Release

Dear readers, Today we are launching the second chapter of our documentary series on homelessness in Arizona "Unwelcome", titled "Chapter 2: Housing First". In this chapter direct service providers and activists discuss government claims of eradication of veteran homelessness in Arizona through the Housing First strategy which, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, …

Campaign for Production of Short Docu Series [CLOSED]

We are very excited to announce that we are launching a crowdsourcing campaign (Unwelcome Across the US - Crowdfunding Campaign) for the production of a short documentary series on homelessness across the United States! With this campaign we want to partner up with individuals and organizations around the world to bring to light stories of …

Welcome to Directus International!

Directus International is a human rights organization directed at creating original content, via documentary film, photography and written analysis about issues of human rights abuses around the world. Our first project is the Unwelcome, A Documentary Series on Homelessness in Arizona which focuses on the social injustices that individuals experiencing homelessness face in Phoenix, Arizona. For our …