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Creative takes: homelessness, housing and community
May 1, 2015

We're sharing some creative images and ideas about homelessness, housing and community:

A brilliant public campaign in the UK to raise awareness of youth homelessness, and to call people to help with a community-based solution.  
- John McCarthy, TheDrum.com April 2, 2015

New York City’s call for measures to end homelessness in five years. Includes city-state rent subsidies to prevent homelessness and rehouse those experiencing homelessness, and renewal of a plan to create supportive housing for the most vulnerable.
- Jacquelyn Simone, Coalition for the Homeless, April 7, 2015

And, a photo essay about living in New York City’s public housing, from the book Project Lives, edited by George Carrano, with Chelsea Davis and Jonathan Fisher, in which residents of some of NYC’s 300 “project” housing were given cameras and asked to photograph aspects of their lives and homes that were important to them. 

Excerpt: “[R]ather than photographing the busted toilets, broken elevators, and other signs of neglect that come along with funding deficits, as Carrano had anticipated, residents focused on their friends, their neighbors, and their homes. “That, I think, was the most surprising aspect of the whole project. You’d have expected to see examples of crime or disrepair and none of that came about,” he said.

“I think it goes to the values of the residents. They place a higher value on their sense of community, their sense of sharing with their neighbors than complaining about disrepair. It's humbling,” Carrano added.

- Jordan G. Teicher, What It’s Like to Live in New York’s Public Housing, Slate.com, April 30, 2015