In its simplest terms, homelessness is defined as the absence of a place to live. Approximately 235,000 Canadians experience homelessness each year.
Legislated and Institutional Poverty of ODSP Recipients
The following digital study was created by an undergraduate research assistant with lived experience on the project. It highlights the precariousness of living conditions of recipients of the Ontario Disability Support Program.
Digital storytelling is an arts-based research method that allows creators to share their expertise, insights and journeys through the production of a short video combining images, text, other visual materials and audio. The stories below were created by residents of Dufferin County and researchers in 2021 with the support of the RedLab at the Re•Vision Centre for Art and Social Justice at the University of Guelph.
The following shows the sometimes unseen damages and catastrophic effects experienced by the recipients of social assistance.
This story was made by a community member who, following an eviction, ended up living in a motel in a very rural part of Dufferin County. This storyteller has been living in a motel for years.
This digital story is from someone who has lived with housing precarity and worked in the housing arena. From this unique perspective, the storyteller provides an analysis of the housing challenges and possibilities for change in Dufferin County.
Complicating Research In & With Community
This story was made by the researchers leading this project. This is a reflection on the limits of academic research to address the violences of structural marginalizations that are so often the subject of research.