Everlasting August

Everlasting August is the story of how policy on mental illness in the 1980's was the inception of the homelessness crisis the United States is experiencing today. It is also the story of Jessica Joy Reveles, born in the early 1980's and how these policies personally affected her, leading to her being homeless with her son twice.
Everlasting August, shows us how we got here. If we can understand that, we can find our way out.



In 1981, President Ronald Reagan brought into effect a new law Omnibus Reconciliation Act ending state mental health care. This act allowed mental patients to seek care at new community clinics and administer their own medication. The new funding was largely misused and those with serious mental conditions went untreated and went from facilities onto the streets. Over the years, more policies were enacted giving mentally ill patients more personal rights but less and less support.

Meet Jessica

Ivy league grad. Twice homeless. Entrepreneur. Mental illness sufferer. Loving mom. Abuse survivor.


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Born the same year that the Omnibus Reconciliation Act ended state mental health care, Jessica Joy's story shows the human cost of policy changes over the past four decades. Born to teen sweethearts fighting their own mental health battles, Jessica's untreated trauma and neglect as a child plus the propensity toward having inherited mental health issues, led her on a lifelong spiral that ended with her being homeless twice with her son August. Jessica is a rare success story. Through extraordinary resilience and grit, she launched her business while living in the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission where she was once a guest. She now sits on the board of that establishment has has received many accolades for her work. Jessica gives back to her community by mentoring young women and advocating on behalf of families experiencing homelessness. Brutally honest and open, Jessica's story is a microcosm of the homeless epidemic macrocosm that the United States is currently facing.


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Approaching homelessness holistically

Daniel Mastrolonardo, Director of the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission
 

Homelessness in numbers

 

553,000

Americans experiencing homelessness as of 2018.

$1.2 billion

Allocated to homeless housing in Los Angeles averaging $527k to $700k per unit.

5000

Support groups in Tokyo for 5,000 homeless people in a city of 7.13 million.

 

10x

Homeless people per capita in San Francisco compared to London.

167

Annual cases of the medieval disease typhus in Los Angeles' homeless population due to unsanitary conditions.

9

Acts of violence towards others or themselves required before California requires non-voluntary mental health care.

 

9.7

Homeless people per capita in Eugene, Oregon, a higher rate than New Delhi, India.

91%

Rate of homeownership in Singapore, thanks to a successful public housing scheme, resulting in one of the lowest homeless rates in the world.

37,085

Homeless veterans in the United States, as of 2019.

Why we're failing to fix the problem

Daniel Mastrolonardo, Director of the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission
 

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