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Special Housing Forum: Roberta Goodman & The Film "Empress Hotel"

Date: 09/17/2010

Time: 11:15 AM - 1:30 AM

Location: L-110, Honeywell Auditorium Twin Cities,Carlson School of Management

Cost: Free


The University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) and the College of Design present a special Housing Forum

Roberta Goodman & the Film "Empress Hotel"
Regional debut!

About Ms. Goodman:
A social activist for nearly 40 years, Goodman's work has spanned a wide spectrum from community activism to international human rights. Her compassion, depth of understanding and empathy allow her to navigate across diverse communities establishing common ground and respect. She has represented and worked alongside international scholars, academics, labor leaders, elected officials, community activists and artists.
In 2004, Goodman managed the Empress Hotel, a Direct Access to Housing site for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. The innovative project transitions people for homelessness to subsidized permanent supportive housing - an integral part of San Francisco's Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness.

About the film:

The Empress Hotel is home to a rarified clientele - ninety people with mental illness or addiction who have lived on the streets of San Francisco. Not every person can stay on meds or get clean, yet out of hopelessness and chaos, a community is formed. During Roberta Goodman’s tenure as building manager at the Empress Hotel, she was inspired by the life stories of the residents and was committed to putting a human face on homelessness. Empress Hotel masterfully shares the residents’ life stories and their daily interactions with service providers and building staff to craft a moving portrait of a building, a neighborhood and all of the lives that intersect within.

CURA Housing Forums are free of charge and open to the public.

To sign up for CURA Housing Forum notices please visit our website at www.cura.umn.edu or email your request to curahf@umn.edu


  • Name: Sara Bielawski
  • E-mail: biel0032@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-625-9040
  • Sponsored by: Center for Urban & Regional Affairs (CURA), College of Design

More information: http://septcurahf.eventbrite.com/

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact Sara Bielawski, biel0032@umn.edu, 612-625-9040.

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