The final report for Coming Together Project shares the voices and insights of women and transwomen with experiences of homelessness. This report expands on an earlier community report on a Community-Based Research project using staged photography.
The Coming Together report was part of the collaborative project “Homelessness–Solutions from Lived Experiences through Arts-Informed Research”. The policy report from the collaborative presents findings and recommendations from eight community-based, participatory research projects on homelessness in Toronto; six of the eight projects used arts-informed or arts-based research methods.
More information at http://www.artsandhomeless.com/
Coming Together: Homeless Women, Housing and Social Support
Principal Organization: Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work University of Toronto
Partner Organizations: Regent Park Community Health Centre, Sistering – a Woman’s Place
Principal Investigator: Izumi Sakamoto, Ph.D
Authors: Izumi Sakamoto, Josie Ricciardi, Jen Plyler, Natalie Wood, Aisha Chapra, Matthew Chin, Billie Allan, Rose Camero & Monica Nunes
Participants: Women and transwomen with experiences of homelessness and marginal housing
Research Methods: arts-based, community-based participatory action research: art-making sessions, staged photography, interviews, focus groups, annotated bibliography
More information at http://www.comingtogether.ca/
To read a journal article discussing the findings of the Coming Together project focusing on the experiences of transwomen who are homeless, please click on the link below.
Sakamoto, I., Chin, M., Chapra, A. & Ricciardi, J. (2009) A ‘normative’ homeless woman?: Marginalisation, emotional injury and social support of transwomen experiencing homelessness. Gay and Lesbian Issues and Psychology 5(1): 2-19.