Women Facing Homelessness In Humboldt County

Apr 27, 2018

The Arcata Playhouse presents A Woman's Place is in Her Home.

"You know there is mental illness and then there is mental injury. There is the trauma that makes people get PTSD and makes them have difficult and hard times in social situations," explains storyteller Ali Freedlund in her conversation with a homeless woman.

Freedlund, Jacqueline Dandeneau and Tammy Rae Scott teamed up to gather the stories of local homeless women in order to give voice to what they face and encounter in our community. 


Via the Arcata Playhouse: 

"The Arcata Playhouse presents “A Woman’s Place is in Her Home” an exploration of women experiencing the largely unplanned, unpredictable realities of housing insecurity in Humboldt County. Whether living rough on the street, traveling, or couch surfing, housing instability takes its toll and comes with long-lasting consequences for individuals, families, and community.

“A Woman’s Place is in Her Home” is a theatrical event, fusing storytelling, dance and original music, performed by professionals alongside community members on stage for the first time. Over the past year, our creative team documented the hardship, beauty, resilience, and resourcefulness of women in various states of homelessness, and witnessed the obstacles they face every day. The cast and crew have all experienced houselessness at some point in their lives.

Together, throughout the production process, we’ve shared life stories, prepared meals, laughed, cried and developed an extraordinary bond. Playhouse Arts has a rich history of producing theatre addressing serious societal issues while bringing joy and connection to the forefront and encouraging empathy for all. “A Woman’s Place is in Her Home” aims to highlight challenges homeless women encounter, bring perspective, and perhaps bridge the divide between those with places they can call home and those who do not.

We are dedicated to giving voice to their stories and hope to enable our community to connect homelessness to actual people, providing fertile ground for communication and understanding.

After each show, audience members will have an opportunity to participate in a talk- back session with performers, the creative team, and representatives from our partners, Arcata House and Food for People. “A Woman’s Place is in Her Home” premieres Friday April 27 at 8pm and performs on Saturday April 28th at 8pm with a matinee on Sunday April 29th at 2pm, at the Arcata Playhouse, 1251-9th Street in Arcata. Advance tickets can be purchased at Wildberries Marketplace, Brown Paper Tickets or reserve seats at, 707.822.1575 (no one turned away for lack of funds)

Together, throughout the production process, we’ve shared life stories, prepared meals, laughed, cried and developed an extraordinary bond. Playhouse Arts has a rich history of producing theatre addressing serious societal issues while bringing joy and connection to the forefront and encouraging empathy for all. “A Woman’s Place is in Her Home” aims to highlight challenges homeless women encounter, bring perspective, and perhaps bridge the divide between those with places they can call home and those who do not. We are dedicated to giving voice to their stories and hope to enable our community to connect homelessness to actual people, providing fertile ground for communication and understanding. After each show, audience members will have an opportunity to participate in a talk- back session with performers, the creative team, and representatives from our partners, Arcata House and Food for People. “A Woman’s Place is in Her Home” premieres Friday April 27 at 8pm and performs on Saturday April 28th at 8pm with a matinee on Sunday April 29th at 2pm, at the Arcata Playhouse, 1251-9th Street in Arcata. Advance tickets can be purchased at Wildberries Marketplace, Brown Paper Tickets or reserve seats at, 707.822.1575 (no one turned away for lack of funds.)"