Photojournalist and Documentary Photographer Cinzia D’Ambrosi is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this social documentary photography. From her project ‘The Other Half‘. To see Cinzia’s projects click on any image.
The Other Half is a collection of photo stories exposing the realities of women and children in hidden homelessness in Britain. The project captures their lives of displacement, homelessness and unsuitable, precarious living spaces. Women and children have been hit hard from the economic crisis and the subsequent policies of Austerity. Many are left in unprotected and vulnerable situations even more so following a marriage breakdown, domestic abuse and/or poverty. Their presence among those homeless and in temporary shelters are in large numbers. For these families—like so many worldwide—the threat of eviction or having to move far away from support networks and schools can have lasting detrimental effects on their lives.
In the last three years, I have been documenting the lives of women in unstable or hidden homelessness in London. In Edge of Humanity Magazine, I am presenting the story of Linda, who is originally from Trinidad. I first met her when she was living in a very precarious circumstances. Been in a legal unconfirmed status, it meant that she had no right to public recourse fund and therefore no right for housing, work. For seven years, she has been living in limbo, waiting for the government to grant her permanent residency so she can legally work and live in the UK, meanwhile living in a small flat that an uncle was allowing her to live into. However, out of the blue, she received an eviction notice. Her confused residency situation meant that she was not eligible for housing assistance. Thankfully, she was able to receive a notice of permit to stay in the UK., but her ordeal has taken her to months of uncertainty and upheaval. Linda and her daughter were moved into a hostel and then moved to a temporary housing miles away. Her mother was left out from any support because never registered and was literally living day by day in homes of supportive people.
This story has a special place in my heart. Recently, Linda’s mother has died, due to complications from diabetes. She died without any legal papers and her funeral is also in a limbo as most of her life has been. As an observant, then a friend, I have been helping to collect funds for her funeral.
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