Review of ‘Landlords’–Homeless at Home at Last

why-povertyhousingLandlords, part of TVO’S Why Poverty? series, is a short, five minute documentary. It is one of a multi-film experiment from the National Film Board of Canada online called Here, At Home: In search of the real cost of homelessness, about At Home, ‘an ambitious national social experiment studying the impact of housing on homeless people with mental health issues.’ In Landlords, we follow one of the dedicated social workers whose job it is to find apartments for some of the hard-core homeless. Communication between landlord and agency, rare these days, is key, since the homeless tend to be voiceless too. We don’t see the social worker intervening or solving problems, unless listening counts. No violence, just rain and talk-talk-talk. Real people all together under one roof.

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