"When an emergency shelter is demolished, what happens to the homeless people who lived there?
DIRECTION HOME follows seven chronically homeless people over seven years until they attain secure housing. The film also chronicles the struggles of activists and service providers who organize tent cities, conduct sit-ins and demonstrations, and enact legislation for decriminalization and prevention of homelessness through a Housing First policy."
The filmmaker, Hilary Silver, is Professor of Sociology and Urban Studies and of Public Policy at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. Her first documentary, SOUTHSIDE, traces the fall and rise of a low-income inner-city neighborhood over its century-long history.
The viewing of the film will be followed by a discussion between Dr Silver and a panel of members of organizations working on homelessness in India who are part of a newly constructed research consortium called the India Homeless Resource Network (IHRN). Discussants will engage Dr Silver on the film’s themes in the context of homelessness in the US, how such themes may be relevant to homelessness in India and forms of civic and policy responses that may best address homelessness in both countries.
Moderator: Ashwin Parulkar, Centre for Policy Research
- Harsh Mander, Centre for Equity Studies
- Dr Kishore Kumar, The Banyan
- Tarique Mohammad, Koshish and Tata Institute of Social Sciences
- Dr Jaisingh Rathore, Institute of Development Studies - Jaipur
About the India Homeless Resource Network (IHRN):
IHRN is a collaboration between Centre for Equity Studies, Centre for Policy Research, The Banyan Academy of Leadership on Mental Health, Institute of Development Studies in Jaipur, Koshish-Tata Institute of Social Sciences on research on urban homelessness in India. Beginning in April 2016, the network will curate research, policy analysis and documentation throughout the country on a website that will serve as a knowledge hub on issues critical to social policies concerning homelessness: physical health burdens and access to health care, work conditions in the urban informal labour economy, violence and insecurity faced by homeless women, psychosocial and mental health burdens, legal reform and policing, national shelter policy and street children & homeless youth. The network envisions knowledge on these areas informing responses of and coordination between organizations and local officials working on the ground. The goal of the network is to generate solutions among researchers, policymakers and the general public on homelessness in the context of increasing urbanization and higher shares of economic growth accruing to the nation’s cities.