Cooper Housing Institute Awards $300,000 Grant for the Development of Feature-Length Documentary, “A Solution to Homelessness”


The Cooper Housing Institute has awarded the non-profit public policy advocacy organization, Massachusetts Housing & Shelter Alliance (MHSA), with a $300,000 grant. The grant will fund the production of the feature-length documentary, Beyond the Bridge: A Solution to Homelessness, by A Bigger Vision Films, LLC.

The film will focus on innovative solutions to homelessness and analyze racial disparities that create a lack of housing opportunities. It will explore “housing first” models, which prioritize permanent housing as a foundation for individuals to pursue personal goals and improve their quality of life. By facilitating treatment of addiction and mental illness, the Housing First model saves cities millions of taxpayer dollars and is now working in communities in the US.

“The Cooper Housing Institute’s mission is to support research, education and public awareness programs that address housing affordability and homelessness in the United States,” said Co-Founder Will Cooper Jr. “Beyond the Bridge will be an important educational tool that explores how to eliminate homelessness in the United States.”