Everyday Struggles

"Not the end of the story"

Fall Down, Get Back Up

Akira (Joe) Jackson, 61Program ParticipantPart of Housing First since Feb. 2015
“I tried to fix up the car to sell it, and now this set me back… I felt wronged.”

A Serious Condition

Akira (Joe) Jackson, 61Program ParticipantPart of Housing First since Feb. 2015
Dealing with a leak in his apartment, Akira tried to keep a positive perspective. “Yesterday, my next-door neighbor said he has a leak, and he invited me to his room. His whole ceiling is caved in. It’s more serious than mine. His whole roof is caved in.”

"Things to overcome"

While photographers were grateful for housing, they frequently discussed everyday struggles that were part of housed life (e.g., leaks, loud neighbors, and car trouble). They also discussed struggles that were exacerbated by their previous experiences with homelessness (e.g., loneliness, poverty, and stigma). Stigma was a continuous struggle for many group members—both personal experiences with stigma and witnessing it. They emphasized the necessity of case managers and housing specialists in navigating these struggles. They also problem-solved many of these issues together as a group. Interestingly, this theme was identified by evaluators through transcriptions analysis and not by the photographers themselves, suggesting their tendency to focus on the positive while recognizing continued struggles.