SAM Film Screening of "Under the Bridge: The Criminalization of Homelessness"

Social Action Massachusetts (SAM), a program of the Massachusetts Housing & Shelter Alliance (MHSA), presented a screening of "Under the Bridge: The Criminalization of Homelessness," a documentary film about one summer in Indianapolis, a tent city under a bridge, a man named Maurice, and the criminalization of homelessness in the United States.

Nearly 70 people attended the screening on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at Old South Church in Boston. The screening was followed by a discussion about the film and ways that communities of faith and ethical commitment can work together to advocate for permanent solutions to homelessness. Don Sawyer, Director of "Under the Bridge," participated in the discussion, with questions and comments ranging from issues surrounding housing policy to moral and religious obligations. Andrew Stauffer, SAM intern and Harvard Divinity School student, helped facilitate the discussion.

View the official documentary film trailer.

Don Sawyer and Andrew Stauffer facilitated a discussion following the film screening.

Thank you all who attended the event and joined us for this important conversation! A special thanks to Old South Church for donating the venue space and to Boston Common Coffee, Panera Cares, and Uno Due Go (UDG) for generously donating refreshments. We extend our gratitude to Don Sawyer for sharing the film. 

Andrew Stauffer, Don Sawyer and MHSA President & Executive Director Joe Finn

Social Action Massachusetts (SAM) is a program that engages and supports communities of faith and ethical commitment across Massachusetts in advocating for housing solutions to homelessness. For more information, visit our SAM page or contact Caitlin Golden at or 617-367-6447 ext. 28.