Home Is Where My Heart Is is a peer mentorship and photographic exhibition that portrays the reality of youth homelessness in Western Australia.
One of the main aims of Home Is Where My Heart Is is to support young people who have experienced homelessness in telling their story. As part of the project, young people between the ages of 12 & 25 with experience of homelessness are partnered with a young emerging photographer. Each young person works with a photographer to take a series of photographs that captures their interpretation of ‘home’.
The images produced are then displayed at the Home Is Where My Heart Is exhibition, which is held each year during National Homeless Persons Week. The exhibition is an opportunity for the young people to celebrate their achievements.
Youth homelessness is a critical issue in Western Australia and young people make up almost half of Australia’s homeless population.
Home Is Where My Heart Is was borne out of a recognition that young homeless people are marginalised, experience discrimination and often lack opportunities for their voices to be heard.
Young people who have participated in Home Is Where My Heart Is have stated that they experience considerable stigma due to being homeless. For these young people, the project offers a powerful opportunity to challenge some of the myths and stereotypes relating to homelessness.
“My hopes and dreams are to be able to take the stigma out of homelessness, to raise awareness of those who have experienced homelessness and to live without the negative stigma that has been attached to them. Many people often think being homeless is a choice, but in my experience homelessness wasn’t a choice of mine” (HIWMHI 2014 participant).
The project was established in 2008 and is a collaboration between the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia (YACWA) and Propel Youth Arts WA.
The project also involves YACWA working closely with youth and homelessness services providers.
We are currently seeking community partners to assist in developing sustainable project funding.
Please visit the website homeiswheremyheartis.org
To support or participate in the project please email firstname.lastname@example.org