The Housing Justice Storytelling Initiative is an intensive workshop to develop and share video stories of courageous hope and collective action that center Bay Area residents who have experienced housing insecurity. 

The initiative is designed to empower and engage storytellers, strengthen video production skills within the housing justice movement, and build narrative power so that people can see and believe that we are building a future where everyone can afford to live and thrive in the Bay Area. 

The participants—both organizational staff and storytellers with lived experience—will receive training and coaching during a series of virtual and in-person workshops to learn best practices and develop a concept for a short video. They will then be matched with local videographers who will shoot, edit, and produce the videos in partnership with each organization. These services are provided for free, and storytellers will be compensated. The process will take place between May and July 2024.

Participants will develop their own unique project concepts as part of a regional storytelling effort. Concepts should broadly align with the goals and messaging of Begins with Home to inspire hope and collective action for housing justice in the Bay Area. 


Applications are open April 8-22. Four to six organizations will be chosen to participate.

  • Open to Bay Area nonprofit organizations engaged in housing justice work that is in line with the goals of Begins with Home (see the approaches listed here: produce and preserve affordable housing, prevent homelessness, and protect tenants.)
  • Organizations will be chosen based on a combination of factors, including need for the assistance the initiative offers and capacity to see the process through to completion.
  • Translation services can be made available throughout the program if needed

Four workshops will take place (one in person, three virtual) in May and June.

  • Storytelling and narrative experts will teach best practices for ethical storytelling and collaborating with subjects and videographers, and work with participants to develop their video concepts.
  • At least one workshop will be for both staff and storytellers. Storytellers are welcome to attend all the workshops, but not expected or required to do so.
  • Workshop dates and times. Please only apply to the program if you (organizational staff) are able to make ALL these dates.
    •  Tuesday, May 7, 10am-2pm, IN PERSON in Oakland or SF with lunch included
    • Wednesday, May 29, 10:30-12 (on Zoom)
    • Thursday, June 6, 10:30-12 (on Zoom)
    • Monday, June 17, 10am-12pm (on Zoom)

Videography and production will take place in June and July. 

  • Participants will be matched with local videographers
  • Participants will learn how to develop storyboards, shot lists, and scripts; help with production on shooting days; and may learn video editing techniques, as agreed upon with their videography team. 
  • Videos must be completed by the end of July 2024.

This initiative is part of the Begins with Home regional narrative campaign and will be led by All Home with the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern CA (NPH) supporting and advising. Final videos will be co-owned by Begins with Home and the participating organization, and subject to the storyteller’s permission and intent.  


Accepting applications for participantsApril 8-22
Notify accepted participantsMay 1
Four workshop sessions, project developmentMay 7 – June 17 (see exact dates above
Video production June – July 31
Celebration and screening with program participants + consultants, Begins with Home campaign partners, friendsdate in August TBD

If you have questions about this initiative, email [email protected] to reach our team.

If you’re interested in this program but cannot apply at this time, please fill out this interest form and we will notify you of any future cohorts or similar offerings.