Think! Gallery - Photovoice
Exploring the Expereince of a Housing Crisis
Photovoice is a grass-roots initiative often implemented by individuals and communities that are marginalized. Individuals create a photograph with an accompanying narrative to raise awareness and educate others about their perspective and the need for action and advocacy.
In 2010, a group of women and men experiencing a housing crisis set out to photograph the places, scenes, and moments around Allegheny County that captured what homelessness meant to them.
With the support of our community partner Community Human Services and Michael Yonas, PhD, these women and men used the Photovoice approach to record and reflect their own experiences, strengths, and concerns. By sharing real, individual experiences, the Photovoice Project seeks to promote critical dialogue and enhance knowledge about living in a housing crisis and to inform awareness, resources, services and policies designed to assist people experiencing homelessness.
Picking a safe spot: “You have to go out and hunt for a nice spot and sometimes you have to gout for a week or a month just to find that one place that you feel comfortable staying.” “Well you figure you the “Staties” from the Parkway, plus Pittsburgh Police, plus Port Authority. Every one of them covers routes… and at night there isn’t much foot traffic either…”
“True friends ask you how you’re doing… it’s a two way street. You both look after one another.” “I am trying to meet people that I can learn off of… I know a lot of people but I have only made a couple of friends.” “Friendship goes a lot further than a lot of people think. It’s not just sharing things…”
“This one photo is of my med’s because if I wasn’t on them I wouldn’t make any friends. So that is a big part of my life.” “If you’re healthy, if you’re clean, you feel good about yourself. When you are healthy, you start to feel better and then your health gets better. You are in another frame of mind.”
“getting my own place, I miss doing my own cooking” “As far as hopes, I’d like to have a relationship or get back into something serious with a woman and trying to make it work. I am tired of hugging my pillow at night. That’s a big step….To have a secure relationship with somebody where you don’t have to feel belittled or ashamed. It boosts your moral and your self esteem…”