Homeless In Hotels
Podcast: Homeless In Hotels
Hosts: Kelly Whitworth and Patrick Spike Chiappalone
Category: News & Current Affairs
Sub-Category: Documentary, Personal Stories
First Episode: 2022
A 3-part radio series capturing homelessness during COVID-19 in Naarm-Melbourne. Homeless in Hotels captures the voices of Melbourne’s homeless community who went from a life on the street to life in hotels during the city’s curfew and rolling lockdowns. The series looks at an improvised response to homelessness by a government that was unprepared and lacking commitment to housing as a human right. It asks how people managed their mental health, drug use and access to services and how support workers adapted to the shifting ground of the pandemic. The series highlights the needs and experiences of a community mostly removed from public view and discourse during COVID-19 and provides an opportunity for the wider community to reflect on life from the footpath before, during and after a pandemic.