After the residents of this makeshift camp were evicted and placed in permanent housing, Weissman continued to document their stories of transition through photographs, video and written accounts. This proved the basis for Subtext: real stories, a series that followed homeless people as they adapted to housing in Toronto, Montreal and other cities in North America.
In 2009, Weissman came to Concordia to pursue a PhD in Special Individualized Programs (now INDI). He sought to expand on his work by comparing initiatives like Tent City and other state-sponsored housing programs with alternative forms of intentional communities.
“My doctoral work employs an interdisciplinary approach to critical and reflexive storytelling from the view of participants to understand how residents of such communities establish commitments to one another and housing activism,” Weissman says. “It’s about how self-worth and democracy go hand in hand and play a role in alleviating the conditions of chronic homelessness.”