About half of SCENE community improvement make-overs and programs are in estates. Some of which are considered the worst social housing in the region.
The biggest misunderstanding by the general public is housing estates aren't very good places. The truth is they're micro societies reflecting broader society.
People in housing estates are average people with full lives, hopes and dreams. But have fallen on difficult times, often without a support network.
Often there's stigma around social housing but when talking to any individual it's soon discovered the journey to social housing is one of hardship.
Another thing to keep in mind, due to the cost of renting and real estate, social housing are the forever homes for millions of people.
This is one of the driving factors for the RePsyched! workshops; to deliver achievable & affordable décor techniques.
Wherever home is, it should be a place of belonging, comfort and inspiration.
Behind those uniform windows people are healing, families are gathering and children are growing.
There is a richness of culture and community in housing estates. But there's also elements of discomfort and danger.
The coping mechanisms to navigate everyday life in an estate often requires much emotional strength.
Governments and organisations are trying to provide new and better estates. But it's not the condition of a building that makes an estate a good or bad place to live.
One thing lacking from living better is assessment of tenants. For the most part if social housing space becomes vacant the next person on the list gets it.
Spending time on estates and getting to know the people, it's the same story.
Residents will pull together to, grow a garden, build a BBQ area, start programs and workshops. Things to raise morale and build people up.
But it just takes one person who's out of sorts (maybe from unchecked mental illness, supporting addictive habits or emotion control issues) to lay waste to positive endeavours.
Housing residents who are aged or parents have even more concerns.
So what's the answer?
Paraphrasing many conversations with housing tenants the solution could be eatates targeted objectives.
Seeing those with;
Higher mental & physical needs housed in healthier and safer environs with onsite or regular visits from professional care workers;
Individuals strongly suffering from addictive habits living in a supported, understanding community, with spaces for onsite meetings, groups and programs while they work on their health goals;
And for those choosing to foster antisocial impulses (for many complicated reasons), it's tricky to comment on accommodation that best suits their needs, but maybe somewhere that minimises harm to self, others and property.
Individuals and families who are private or community spirited desire to live with less worry and have the ability to build harmonious estates for a better standard of living.