The feature length documentary film, NOT FOR RENT!, looks at rental housing barriers ex-felons face as they attempt to rebuild their lives in our communities. With over 95% of the American prison population being released at some point in the future, millions of ex-inmates struggle with ‘red tape’ and strict criminal history rental requirements property managers and landlords enforce. In this unique and powerful film, you’ll meet several people who’ve been personally affected by housing restrictions due to felony convictions. Sporting a long white beard and a headband, Mike is a registered sex offender. He’s also homeless living in a tent at a local ravine, struggling with prejudice and judgement from just about everyone in his community. Will Mike continue to be treated as a social outcast, or will a landlord finally give him a chance?
Raising two young girls, husband and wife, Shayenne and James face reality after a drug related felony conviction several years prior. Ordered by the landlord, they must vacate a relative’s trailer home and find their own place in a couple of weeks, or face living in a homeless shelter. In a tearful interview, Shayenne confronts her husband’s depression, “If he was on his own, he would have killed himself.”