The Living Library
Stories of Housing & Home
This Living Library collection contains the stories and insights of those who have experienced social housing or homelessness. It also speaks to the effectiveness of peer support and why the voices of lived experience make a difference in the design and delivery of housing services.
The Niagara Falls Public Library, Niagara Region, and Niagara Regional Housing invite you to read these books, be part of the conversation, and see the people behind the prejudice.
Living Books as Video
In an in-person Living Library event, “books” can be “checked-out” and “read” through candid conversation. Current restrictions mean that our Living Library consists of unscripted and unfiltered video recordings. We have aimed to go beyond storytelling and to capture and share genuine, natural conversations.
See What the Books Have to Say
Join the Conversation
We want YOU to be part of the Living Library! Feel free to ask questions or submit your own thoughts and experiences. Only provide as much personal information as you feel necessary.
Questions will be compiled and passed to either the books themselves, Niagara Region and/or Niagara Regional Housing staff, or working groups that meet regularly to discuss related topics (e.g. the Lived Experience Group and the Tenant Advisory Committee).
Given the different organizations and individuals involved, please allow for up to three weeks for your question to be answered.
While a tenet of the Living Library is to facilitate unfiltered conversation, questions deemed to disrupt the environment of mutual respect will not be included in the shared dialogue.
View the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH) Lived Experience Advisory Council’s “Nothing about us without us: Seven principles for leadership & inclusion of people with lived experience of homelessness” document.