We joke that our credits rival those of the blockbuster Avatar because of the vast number of people that were a part of this grassroots production. See below to explore the many individuals and organizations involved in the making of More Than a Roof.


National Economic and Social Rights Initiative

In partnership with communities, NESRI works to build a broad movement for economic & social rights, including health, housing, education and work with dignity.

Based on the principle that fundamental human needs create human rights obligations on the part of government and the private sector, NESRI advocates for public policies that guarantee the universal and equitable fulfillment of these rights in the United States

Campaign to Restore National Housing Rights

The Campaign to Restore National Housing Rights (CRNHR) is a national coalition led by grassroots organizations working across the country to call on the U.S. government to reclaim its historic commitment to fulfill its human right to housing obligations and ensure decent housing for all. CRNHR members began working together to create a national identity and platform for people most affected by federal housing policy to hold the government accountable to fundamental human rights standards.

Housing is a Human Right

Housing is a Human Right is a storytelling project that collaborates with communities, organizations and individuals to share stories of their ongoing experiences trying to obtain or maintain a place to call home.  HHR is building a collection of intimate, viscerally honest narratives exploring the complex fabric of community and the human right to housing and land. HHR shares these narratives as audio stories, photographs, multimedia and video across multiple platforms.

Production Team

Campaign to Restore National Housing Rights
Rob Robinson          Producer
Brittany Scott           Producer

Housing is a Human Right
Michael Premo          Director and Producer
Rachel Falcone         Director and Producer

National Economic and Social Rights Initiative
Phil Wider                                Director and Producer
Tiffany Gardner                       Producer
Veronica Medina-Matzner     Producer

Lead Editor
Veronica Medina-Matzner

Rob Robinson

Sound Design and Documentary Score
spiritchild for mulit creations music publishing ASCAP
Movement In Motion Collective
Mental Notes

Testifiers in Order of Appearance

Rob Robinson
Tiffany Gardner
Raquel Rolnik
Joan Harrison
Pat Jacobs
Gloria Swanson
Delores Earley
Bronx Tenants
Debbie Amoroso
Tom Foley
Frank Sindaco
John Wessel McCoy
Steve James
David McGary
JR Fleming
Annie Keller
Carol Steele
Kawana Jasper
Sharon Jasper
Laura Tuggle
Bill Means
Ruth Brown
Richard Moves Camp
Paul Iron Cloud
Barbara Dull Knife
Deborah Burton
Helen Garrett
Davin Corona
Sharon Franks-Dunbar
Steve Diaz

Locations in Order of Appearance

New York, NY

New York City Chair: Rob Robinson, Campaign to Restore National Housing Rights

New York Participating Organizations:
Anti Discrimination Center
Cardozo Law School
Columbia Law School-Bringing Human Rights Home
CAAAV (Organizing Asian Communities)
Coalition to Save Harlem
Concerned Citizens of Harlem
Community Voices Heard
Fair Housing Justice Center
Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE)
Fifth Avenue Committee
GOLES/PHROLES Public Housing Residence of Lower East Side
Housing Conservation Coordinators, Inc.
Immigration Housing Collaborative
Mothers on the Move
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
New York City AIDS Housing Network
New York Solidarity Coalition for Katrina and Rita Survivors
Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation
Partnership for the Homeless
Poverty Initiative at Union Theological Seminary
Pratt Area Community Council
Picture the Homeless
Race and Racism
Tenants & Neighbors
Urban Justice Center

New York Media Contributors:
Chris Caruso
Joie Chowdhury
Rachel Falcone
Joe Friendly
Tiffany Gardner
Veronica Medina-Matzner
Olesia Plokhii
Michael Premo
Rob Robinson
Kay Samuels
Johnnie Stevens
Bob Sullivan
Meredith Vatsek
Phil Wider

Wilkes- Barre, PA

Wilkes-Barre City Chair: Frank Sindaco, Northeastern Pennsylvania Organizing Center

Wilkes-Barre Participating Organizations:
King’s College
Northeastern Pennsylvania Organizing Center
Peace & Justice Center
Kings College Economics Department

Wilkes-Barre Media Contributors:
Frank Sindaco
Matthew Cohen
Michael Gentile
Heather Chulick

Chicago, IL

Chicago City Chair: J.R. Fleming, Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign

Chicago Participating Organizations:
Cabrini Green Rowhouse Council
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
Chicago Independent Human Rights Council
Coalition to Protect Public Housing
Heartland Alliance
H.E.L.L.O. (Homeless Experts Living Life’s Obstacles)
Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
Midwest Coalition for Human Rights c/o Heartland Alliance
Oak Park Regional Housing Center
People’s Law Office
People for Community Recovery
Southside Together Organizing for Power (STOP)
Shriver Center
St. Stephen’s Human Rights Program
The Hood Report

Chicago Media Crew/Contributors:
Boogiedown Bruce
Andrew Neef, Chicago Indymedia
Ronit Films
Sunyata Altenor
Doug Schenkelberg

New Orleans, LA

New Orleans City Chair: Sam Jackson, Mayday New Orleans

New Orleans Participating Organizations:
Committee to Re-Open Charity Hospital
C3/Hands Off Iberville!
The International Law Society of Loyola University Law School
Louisiana Justice Institute
Mayday New Orleans
New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice
Social and Economic Rights Advocates of Tulane University
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services
Unity of Greater New Orleans

New Orleans Media Crew/Contributors:
Justene Ades
Evan Casper-Futterman
Luisa Dantas
Alex Glustrom
Balin Pagadala

Pine Ridge, SD

Pine Ridge City Chair: Bill Means Board Member, International Indian Treaty Council

Pine Ridge Participating Organizations:
Eagle Nest District Council
International Indian Treaty Council
National American Indian Housing Council
Ogala Lakota College
Ogala Sioux Tribe
Ogala Sioux Tribe Housing Authority
Porcupine District Council

Pine Ridge Media Contributors:
The Alphabang Lab
Darren Cole
Families of Wanblee community
Alyssa Macy
Wamblee Wakpeh Oyate

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles City Chair: Becky Dennison, Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN)

LA Participating Organizations:
Beyond Shelter, Inc.
Coalition for Economic Survival
Coalition LA
Comunidad Presente
Esperanza Community Housing
Housing Long Beach
Indigenous Support Black Mesa AZ communities
Korean Immigrant Worker Alliance (KIWA)
Lamp Community
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA)
Liberty Hill Foundation
Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger & Homelessness
Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN)
Los Angeles Neighborhood Housing Services
Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County
People Organized for Westside Renewal (POWER)
Skid Row Housing Trust
South Asian Network
St. John’s Well Child and Family Center
Union de Vecinos

LA Media Contributors:
Nicholas Dahmann, University of Southern California and LA Community Action Network
Anat Rubin, Lamp Community
Rebecca Tull
Pete White, Los Angeles Community Action Network
Daniel Z. Huerta

Washington, DC

Washington DC City Chair: Debra Frazier, Friends and Residents of Arthur Cappers and Carrollsburg

Washington, DC Participating Organizations:
The Advancement Project
Campaign to Restore National Housing Rights
Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions
Community for Creative Non-Violence
Empower DC
Equal Rights Center
Fair Budget Coalition
First Peoples Human Rights Coalition
Friends and Residents of Arthur Cappers Carrollsburg
Georgetown University Law School
Housing Justice Movement
International Indian Treaty Council
Latin American Youth Center
Latino Economic Development Corporation
National AIDS Housing Coalition
National Alliance of HUD Tenants
National American Indian Housing Council
National Center on Family Homelessness
National Congress of American Indians Embassy of Nations
National Fair Housing Alliance
National Healthcare for the Homeless Coalition
National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
National Low Income Housing Coalition
National Network to End Domestic Violence
National Policy and Advocacy Council on Homelessness
National Training and Information Center
Participation and Practice of Rights Project
Positive Places
Poverty & Race Research Action Council
United Planning Organization
Washington Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights
Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless

Washington, DC Media Contributors:
Ellie Walton
Eric Tars, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty

Additional Production Team Members
Cathy Albisa, National Economic Social Rights Initiative
Julie Anderson
Darya Marchenkova, National Economic Social Rights Initiative

Contributing Video Editors
Denisse Andrade
Kelly Farraro
Dante Lara
Nectarios Leonidas
Kate Polsky

Sound Mix
Michael Premo
Juancho Yepes, Human Pictures

Color Correction
Michael Premo

Graphic Design
Gia Kang
Hannah Stewart

Additional photography provided by
Michael Premo
Lakota Language Consortium
Countless Movement Photographers

Additional footage provided by
Coming Home: The Dry Storm, Rada Film Group


APM Music LLC (2007)
Performed by spiritchild of Mental Notes, David Dovo & Movement in MotionSunrise
Performed by spiritchild of Mental Notes 

Performed by spiritchild of Mental Notes

Man with the Movie Camera
Every Day (2002)
The Cinematic Orchestra

Can I Do More
Performed by spiritchild of Mental Notes, David Dovo & Movement in Motion

Performed by spiritchild of Mental Notes & Movement in Motion

Tunnel of Whales
Performed by spiritchild of Mental Notes

Performed by spiritchild of Mental Notes and David Dovo

Overcast Fear
Performed by spiritchild of Mental Notes

I Feel Sorry For…
Performed by spiritchild of Mental Notes, David Dovo & Movement in Motion

Performed by spiritchild of Mental Notes

Black Sands
Performed by spiritchild of Mental Notes

Performed by spiritchild of Mental Notes & David Dovo

Album: Quiet Places (2008)
Composed by Bjorn Lynne

Collateral Damage
Alex Khaskin

Alan Marchand

Next Community – Intro
Lorenzo Pagiaro

Dance To Night
Performed by spiritchild of Mental Notes

Dance To Morning
Performed by spiritchild of Mental Notes

Jazz Hyena
Perfomed by spiritchild of Mental Notes

Sleepless Hyena
Performed by spiritchild of Mental Notes

Yeah Yeah
Performed by spiritchild of Mental Notes & Movement in Motion

Silence Await (2008)
Composed by cdk

To Build a Home
Ma Fleur (2007)
The Cinematic Orchestra

Alicia Adler
Atif Ashraf
Cesare Baccheschi
Gala Chausson
Ayana Enomoto-Hurst
Chris Famighetti
Kelly Farraro
Vivian Fu
Emily Howell
Yuval Idan
Monica Iyer
Joy Kim
Julia Lake
Jebari Mandela
Kelly-Jo McIntyre
Maria Michalos
Hanna Persson
Kate Polsky
Nitya Ram
Paula Searing
Ishani Sharma
Nora Smiley
Cesar Solis
Hannah Stewart
Kenny Tamura
Hannah Thalenberg
Rahel Mekdim Teka
Colleen Valentine
Casey Weston

Special Thanks
Marilia Albornoz
Media Mobilizing Project
Michael Fox
People’s Production House
Poverty Initiative
Rada Film Group
Sarah Soller & Vanessa Rondon
Sleeping Giant
US Human Rights Fund
Centre on Housing Rights & Evictions

Extra Special Thanks to
Raquel Rolnik, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing

Denise Hauser and Vanessa Edwards, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights

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