Older homeless people are rapidly rising in number yet largely misunderstood & invisible. By providing a voice to George & Hilary, Beyond Housing aims to raise awareness, combat stereotypes, & provide hope to older homeless adults across Canada
Beyond Housing shares the intimate re-housing stories of Hillary and George, two formerly homeless older Calgarians.
Over 235,000 people experience homelessness per year in Canada— this population is getting older. Homelessness is traumatic at any age but older people are often sicker, less mobile, and more socially isolated. We know that housing stability and well-being requires more than bricks and mortar; people need to feel “at home.” But what does it mean to “find home” after being homeless? What is working well? What are the challenges? Beyond Housing explores these questions by sharing the intimate re-housing stories of George and Hillary, 2 formerly homeless older Calgarians. By giving voice to older homelessness, this digital short hopes to raise awareness, challenge stereotypes, and give hope to the thousands of older homeless adults who continue to suffer in silence on the streets.
We are a unique team (3 professors & videographer) with the skills to deliver an inspired and inspiring digital short!!! We are looking for a savvy social media strategist to help us get the word out to a wider audience!
Mentoring and skill development for social work and film students is a priority of this project to ensure the next generation is deeply connected to and committed to practicing their craft in ways that contribute to the creation of more equitable communities. (image: Victoria Burns, project lead, in a Peter Coyle Place resident's room - she will be supervising a bachelor of social work student over the summer in arts-based research methods.
Undertaking this project will strengthen existing partnerships and help establish new relationships between the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Social Work, housing providers, social service workers, the local media arts community, and Telus! (image: Alison Lowen, Team Lead @ Peter Coyle Place, Permanent Supportive Housing In Calgary, AB - that uses a harm reduction approach)
The documentary will be promoted at community events such as conferences, professional associations, community film venues (e.g. Plaza Theatre) and radio. For example, we will present at Trinity Place Foundation annual retreat. Support from Telus would provide us with additional platforms!