The need to express oneself and be heard is a lower priority need than basic healthcare, but it is still a psychological and emotional need all the same. Engaging in creative pursuits can be therapeutic and rejuvenating, lifting the spirits and allowing for the processing of traumatic experiences. Being without a home is a traumatic event in itself, and those living on the street are regularly ignored. Despite being prime candidates for the cathartic experience of creativity, they may not have access to, or the means to creatively express themselves. Writing, art, or photography programs designed for those experiencing homelessness help to serve a valuable psychological need for them, while also enabling them to tell their stories and be heard by their communities.
DESIGN PROGRAM POLICY