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“The inspiration for the navigation structure was an image of neurons interacting in the brain. Each of the five cities involved in the study was imagined to be a neuron, communicating with the others via multiple synaptic paths. The resulting design serves as a metaphor for the issue of mental health and for the exchange of information generated by the study.”
National Film Board of Canada Digital Team, to Communication Arts
The National Film Board of Canada’s interactive documentary Here at Home explores the results of Housing First, a four-year experiment designed to mitigate homelessness in Canada. Launched in 2008 in five Canadian cities, Housing First provided a home for 1,265 homeless people with mental illness, studying their welfare against a control group of 970 homeless individuals who remained unhoused, but had access to existing services. Here at Home contrasts experimental data with interviews from the people who participated in the study. The documentary profiles homeless people, both housed and unhoused, as well as the doctors and nurses in charge of their care, peer support workers, landlords, housing agents, and researchers. By combining data from the study with the personal stories of the people who participated, Here at Home creates a qualitative and quantitative analysis of Housing First.