What have we learned about the role arts can play in supporting people who are homeless during C-19?


Author(s):*Listed Alphabetically
Accumulate, Arts & Homelessness International, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Cardboard Citizens, Clayton O, London Borough of Haringey, Mbaho J J, Mould O, Panahi M, Plumley P, St Mungo’s, The Reader

Year of Publication:
2020

Publisher(s):
Arts & Homelessness International

Publication Type:
Report

Abstract:

This report documents the role that arts can play in supporting people who are homeless during Covid-19.
During the C-19 pandemic, activists and projects in the arts and homelessness sector began to work in new and innovative ways to respond to the deep isolation many homeless people were facing – helping to build well-being, develop opportunities for self-expression and mitigate boredom and isolation. This report focusses on two C-19 projects in summer 2020 in London hotels housing people who were homeless. One project was conducted on-line and through telephones in Wandsworth organised by Cardboard Citizens, The Reader and Accumulate and one conducted face-to-face in Haringey with Arts & Homelessness International, Accumulate and Haringey Borough Council.

This report and accompanying film and resource explored the impacts of the work and what we have collectively learned from working in this new way in C-19 using creativity. The hope is that this will help other projects when working during the pandemic and its second waves. Another hope is that this may also enable projects to feel more equipped and confident to work more effectively in emergency accommodation settings. This could enable the arts and homelessness sector reach more people experiencing the most acute housing crisis.



Evidence Type: Case Study

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Primary Research

Context: Community

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Arts & Homelessness International, Cardboard Citizens, Accumulate, The Reader, St Mungo’s, London Borough of Haringey, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Plumley, P., Panahi, M., Mbaho, J. J., Mould, O. and Clayton, O. (2020). What have we learned about the role arts can play in supporting people who are homeless during C-19? UK:Arts & Homelessness International.