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- Legacy Act of 2003
Produced, directed and written by Tod Lending, Legacy is the unprecedented portrait of an African-American family that dramatically captures their successes and failures as they struggle to overcome the devastating effects of poverty, welfare, and community violence. For four generations the Collins family has depended on welfare and lived in Chicago’s Henry Horner Homes, one of the most dangerous housing projects in America. Through the powerful voices of three generations of African-American women, Legacy tells the story of a mother, two daughters, and a grand daughter who are struggling to break free from poverty, welfare, drug addiction and the violence in their community.
This compelling and uplifting story reveals the complexities of poverty, welfare, drug abuse, and human resilience from an African-American perspective.
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
The J.R. Houlsby Foundation
Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
Inspirational in the best sense of the term…
This documentation of a young girl’s stunning triumph is rigorous and magical,
a triumph of the will in all of the best senses.
— The Hollywood Reporter
…an inspirational story and a very moving film.
— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times
Legacy, a powerful documentary that moved me up, up, and far away from the jangle at Sundance… That an audience could be so inspired by pictures on a screen is the reason I look forward to climbing that hellish Main Street hill, huffing and hopeful, year after year.
— Entertainment Weekly
… a subtly shaded image of hope and perseverance, flourishing where it is most precariously endangered.
— L.A. Weekly
A stunning saga of one family’s ascendancy from the grips of despair, writer/producer/director Tod Lending’s Legacy is a masterwork of unique inspiration. With a style that is immediate, trusting, and incredibly intimate, Lending’s six-year odyssey is a majestic tribute to the dignity and perseverance of one family against the odds of untold adversity.
— Sundance Film Festival
What he [Lending] has created is not just a stunning testimony to the devastation that violence and poverty wrought on an African-American family. The film is, more importantly, proof of the power of hope and determination for us all.
— Austin Chronicle
A remarkable documentary… Whatever your political beliefs, Legacy will confound your preconceptions about race and poverty in America…
— Business Week
When the networks are looking for true stories to turn into TV movies, how come they never seem to find stories like this?
— USA Today
… [a] deeply moving film.
— The Wall Street Journal
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Film Festivals and Awards
Academy Award Nominee for Best Feature Documentary
National Emmy Nomination for Best Documentary
Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism
Council on Foundations Honor
Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival
Official Selection, Cinema du Reel (Paris)
Innovation in Documentaries Award, Reel Screen Magazine
Pare Lorenz Nomination, International Documentary Association
Best Feature Documentary Nomination, International Documentary Association
Audience Award, SeoulDoc (Seoul, Korea)
Reel Humanitarian Award, Tambay Film Festival
Official Selection, Edinburgh International Film Festival (Scotland)
Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award, Florida Film Festival
Golden Gate Award, San Francisco International Film Festival
Silver Medal Award, Houston International Film Festival
Silver Hugo Award, Chicago International Film Festival
Special Council on Foundations Honor
Victim Service Award, Cook County State’s Attorneys Office
Official Selection, Thessaloniki International Documentary Film Festival (Greece)
Official Selection, Philadelphia World Cinema
Official Selection, Urbanworld Film Festival
Official Selection, Cleveland International Film Festival
Official Selection, South by Southwest
Official Selection, Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Special Invitation, Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival
Special Invitation, Independent’s Night at Lincoln Center (NYC)
Official Selection, Calgary International Film Festival (Canada)
Official Selection Valladolid International Film Festival (Spain)
Official Selection St. Louis International Film Festival
Official Selection Rehoboth Beach Festival
Special Invitation Atlanta Peachtree Film Society
Official Selection Ojai Film Festival
Official Selection 4th Belo Horizonte Documentary Fest. (Brasil)
Special Invitation Havana International Film Festival (Cuba)
Official Selection Cinemagic, Northern Ireland’s International Film Festival (Ireland)
Official Selection Festroia (Portugal)
The law passed by the U.S. Congress in December 2003 was designed to provide housing assistance to intergenerational families.
The law was named after the film Legacy.
Legacy Act of 2003
To support certain housing proposals in the fiscal year 2003 budget for the Federal Government, including the downpayment assistance initiative under the HOME Investment Partnership… (Enrolled as Agreed to or Passed by Both House and Senate)
TITLE II–INTERGENERATIONAL HOUSING ASSISTANCE
SEC. 201. SHORT TITLE.
This title may be cited as the `Living Equitably: Grandparents Aiding Children and Youth Act of 2003’ or the `LEGACY Act of 2003’.
SEC. 202. DEFINITIONS.
In this title:
(1) CHILD- The term `child’ means an individual who–
(A) is not attending school and is not more than 18 years of age; or
(B) is attending school and is not more than 19 years of age.
(2) COVERED FAMILY- The term `covered family’ means a family that–
(A) includes a child; and
(B) has a head of household who is–
(i) a grandparent of the child who is raising the child; or
(ii) a relative of the child who is raising the child.
(3) ELDERLY PERSON- The term `elderly person’ has the same meaning as in section 202(k) of the Housing Act of 1959 (12 U.S.C. 1701q(k)).
(A) IN GENERAL- The term `grandparent’ means, with respect to a child, an individual who is a grandparent or stepgrandparent of the child by blood or marriage, regardless of the age of such individual.
(B) CASE OF ADOPTION- In the case of a child who was adopted, the term includes an individual who, by blood or marriage, is a grandparent or stepgrandparent of the child as adopted.
(5) INTERGENERATIONAL DWELLING UNIT- The term `intergenerational dwelling unit’ means a qualified dwelling unit that is reserved for occupancy only by an intergenerational family.
(6) INTERGENERATIONAL FAMILY- The term `intergenerational family’ means a covered family that has a head of household who is an elderly person.
(7) PRIVATE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION- The term `private nonprofit organization’ has the same meaning as in section 202(k) of the Housing Act of 1959 (12 U.S.C. 1701q(k)).
(8) QUALIFIED DWELLING UNIT- The term `qualified dwelling unit’ means a dwelling unit that–
(A) has not fewer than 2 separate bedrooms;
(B) is equipped with design features appropriate to meet the special physical needs of elderly persons, as needed; and
(C) is equipped with design features appropriate to meet the special physical needs of young children, as needed.
(9) RAISING A CHILD- The term `raising a child’ means, with respect to an individual, that the individual–
(A) resides with the child; and
(B) is the primary caregiver for the child–
(i) because the biological or adoptive parents of the child do not reside with the child or are unable or unwilling to serve as the primary caregiver for the child; and
(ii) regardless of whether the individual has a legal relationship to the child (such as guardianship or legal custody) or is caring for the child informally and has no such legal relationship with the child.
(A) IN GENERAL- The term `relative’ means, with respect to a child, an individual who–
(i) is not a parent of the child by blood or marriage; and
(ii) is a relative of the child by blood or marriage, regardless of the age of the individual.
(B) CASE OF ADOPTION- In the case of a child who was adopted, the term `relative’ includes an individual who, by blood or marriage, is a relative of the family who adopted the child.
(11) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary’ means the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
SEC. 203. DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM FOR ELDERLY HOUSING FOR INTERGENERATIONAL FAMILIES.
(a) DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM- The Secretary shall carry out a demonstration program (referred to in this section as the `demonstration program’) to provide assistance for intergenerational dwelling units for intergenerational families in connection with the supportive housing program under section 202 of the Housing Act of 1959 (12 U.S.C. 1701q).
(b) INTERGENERATIONAL DWELLING UNITS- The Secretary shall provide assistance under this section only to private nonprofit organizations selected under subsection (d) for use only for expanding the supply of intergenerational dwelling units, which units shall be provided–
(1) by designating and retrofitting, for use as intergenerational dwelling units, existing dwelling units that are located within a project assisted under section 202 of the Housing Act of 1959 (12 U.S.C. 1701q);
(2) through development of buildings or projects comprised solely of intergenerational dwelling units; or
(3) through the development of an annex or addition to an existing project assisted under section 202 of the Housing Act of 1959 (12 U.S.C. 1701q), that contains intergenerational dwelling units, including through the development of elder cottage housing opportunity units that are small, freestanding, barrier free, energy efficient, removable dwelling units located adjacent to a larger project or dwelling.
(c) PROGRAM TERMS- Assistance provided pursuant to this section shall be subject to the provisions of section 202 of the Housing Act of 1959 (12 U.S.C. 1701q), except that–
(1) notwithstanding subsection (d)(1) of that section 202 or any provision of that section restricting occupancy to elderly persons, any intergenerational dwelling unit assisted under the demonstration program may be occupied by an intergenerational family;
(2) subsections (e) and (f) of that section 202 shall not apply;
(3) in addition to the requirements under subsection (g) of that section 202, the Secretary shall–
(A) ensure that occupants of intergenerational dwelling units assisted under the demonstration program are provided a range of services that are tailored to meet the needs of elderly persons, children, and intergenerational families; and
(B) coordinate with the heads of other Federal agencies as may be appropriate to ensure the provision of such services; and
(4) the Secretary may waive or alter any other provision of that section 202 necessary to provide for assistance under the demonstration program.
(d) SELECTION- The Secretary shall–
(1) establish application procedures for private nonprofit organizations to apply for assistance under this section; and
(2) to the extent that amounts are made available pursuant to subsection (f), select not less than 2 and not more than 4 projects that are assisted under section 202 of the Housing Act of 1959 (12 U.S.C. 1701q) for assistance under this section, based on the ability of the applicant to develop and operate intergenerational dwelling units and national geographical diversity among those projects funded.
(e) REPORT- Not later than 36 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit a report to Congress that–
(1) describes the demonstration program; and
(2) analyzes the effectiveness of the demonstration program.
(f) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS- There are authorized to be appropriated $10,000,000 to carry out this section.
(g) SUNSET- The demonstration program carried out under this section shall terminate 5 years after the date of enactment of this Act.
SEC. 204. TRAINING FOR HUD PERSONNEL REGARDING GRANDPARENT-HEADED AND RELATIVE-HEADED FAMILIES ISSUES.
Section 7 of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Act (42 U.S.C. 3535) is amended by adding at the end the following:
`(t) TRAINING REGARDING ISSUES RELATING TO GRANDPARENT-HEADED AND RELATIVE-HEADED FAMILIES- The Secretary shall ensure that all personnel employed in field offices of the Department who have responsibilities for administering the housing assistance program under section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437f) or the supportive housing program under section 202 of the Housing Act of 1959 (12 U.S.C. 1701q), and an appropriate number of personnel in the headquarters office of the Department who have responsibilities for those programs, have received adequate training regarding how covered families (as that term is defined in section 202 of the LEGACY Act of 2003) can be served by existing affordable housing programs.’.