In the face of a homelessness crisis, Victoria’s public housing stock is currently being sold to private developers. The people living in the housing estates are being relocated and have been promised the right to return to the estates once redeveloped. Things Will Be Different captures the effect this displacement has on two families living at the Walker Street Housing Estate in Westgarth. Things Will Be Different shows the richness of the people, communities and support that can exist within public housing. It documents how life altering circumstances can be thrust upon anybody and how public housing is essential to ensure that people in difficult circumstances can access safe and meaningful lives.
BEHIND THE SCENES
A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing
Secure housing is fundamental to a good life in which ties of belonging can be established and sustained, however housing is increasingly being removed from this purpose.
By 2025 an estimated one-third of the world’s city dwellers will struggle to secure affordable housing. In the midst of this housing crisis, 11 public housing estates in Melbourne have been sold for private redevelopment.
Redevelopments displace current public housing tenants, causing strain on people's mental and physical health, and do nothing to address the decrease in accessible or affordable housing. This film and impact campaign aims to reduce stigma toward public housing and humanise those who rely on it, so that public housing and its tenants are seen as valuable to our communities.
This documentary showcases how public housing provides a vital role in housing security for all, and aims to inspire a social movement raising awareness of housing justice issues and resolutions.
What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?
Things Will Be Different and the impact campaign aim to reduce stigma towards public housing estates and tenants. It will show that public housing is a critical component to secure housing for low to middle income people and that it plays a vital role in preserving social and ethnic diversity by ensuring that marginalised groups have access to the city.
What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?
Short-term outcomes: Motivate and mobilize diverse groups of people to engage with housing justice.
Medium-term outcomes: Reduce stigma towards people living in public housing, and debunk the myth that concentrated disadvantage creates ghettoisation.
Long-term outcomes: Increased housing security.
How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?
Short term outcomes; We will engage the films audiences in housing justice by asking them follow our social media channels and to invest in action for secure and affordable housing.
Medium term outcomes; We will reduce the stigma towards public housing tenants and estates by showing (in the film) the strength of the communities that are able to form in public housing. We will also hold an event for people affected by housing insecurity, and key policy makers to discuss primary issues and solutions for housing justice in Victoria.
Long term outcomes; We will increase housing security by mobilising people to be engaged in the issue and it's solutions.
How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?
Save Public Housing Collective (tenants and supporters) will provide contacts for public housing tenants living at various estates. This will be useful to organise screenings of the film on public housing estates throughout Melbourne. The collective can also demonstrate what tenants and supporters groups are able to achieve during panel discussions after screenings of the film.
Centre for Urban Studies (RMIT) will provide academic research and statistics that outline the issues of the Public Housing Renewal Program, and how the renewal of estates and sell off of public land in other places has had negative repercussions, these include:
-The acceleration of gentrification which produces displacement processes on surrounding neighbourhoods;
-Decline in the health and wellbeing of relocatees;
-Reduction in the capacity of future policy to plan for and provide housing for low- and middle-income people (due to loss of public land and expertise in providing public housing).
Audience Engagement and Social Impact
What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?
1. Change attitudes toward public housing estates and tenants.
2. Form public housing residents and supporters groups. Sign up to follow the housing justice campaign.
3. Participate in housing justice activism.
Measurement and Evaluation
What is the projects indicators for success?
Short-term outcome indicators for success: Track how many residents and supporters groups are formed. Calculate how many people followed and joined the online campaign.
Medium-term outcome indicators for success: Gather research for social impact evaluation regarding peoples housing situations attitudes towards public housing and tenants, as well as their own housing situations at screenings.
Long-term outcome indicators for success: Analyse if any policy change has happened, reengage with research subjects, to measure if their housing situations has become more secure.