Understanding Homelessness


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Airs at: Fri, 08/05/2022 at 11:00am - 12:00pm

Airs at: Fri, 07/15/2022 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Understanding Homelessness is a show that illuminates the underlying causes of homelessness, explains systems that perpetuate it, explores innovative solutions, and shares stories from those with lived experiences.

Portland State University Associate Professor Dr. Marisa Zapata talks with experts, including those with lived experience, on how to better understand and address homelessness.

Dr. Zapata is the director of Portland State’s Homelessness Research and Action Collaborative, which brings together expertise and skills from across Portland State University and the country to collaborate with people experiencing homelessness, advocates, service providers, leaders, and other stakeholders.

The center’s goal is to reduce homelessness and its negative impact on individuals, families and communities with an emphasis on communities of color through solutions-oriented research and evidence-based science.



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Affordable Housing and Eviction Prevention

Airs at: Fri, 07/01/2022 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
In this episode we talk with the executive director of Home Forward, Michael Buonocore, about the history of affordable housing, why there isn’t enough to meet the need, and barriers to making it happen faster. The conversation also includes the role of systemic racism on h... Read more

Invisible Homelessness Counts

Airs at: Fri, 06/17/2022 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
People living doubled up with friends or family due to economic hardship, sometimes called invisible homelessness, is not always clear to communities or even those experiencing it due to stigma and lack of resources. The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless teamed up with adv... Read more

Understanding student homelessness through comics 6/03/22

Airs at: Fri, 06/03/2022 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
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When Portland State University instructor Kacy McKinney got the idea to create a series of comics featuring PSU students with lived experiences of homelessness and housing insecurity, her goal was to change the narrative around homelessness. The project—which has blossomed ... Read more

Racial inequity in permanent supportive housing

Airs at: Fri, 05/20/2022 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Understaning Homelessness talks with Dr. Norweeta Milburn and Earl Edwards from UCLA share their recent study co-authored with California Policy Lab colleagues Dean Obermark and Janey Roundtree: Inequity in the Permanent Supportive Housing System in Los Angeles: Scale, Scop... Read more

Beyond the headlines and soundbites

Airs at: Fri, 05/06/2022 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Part one: Beyond the headlines and soundbites Let’s clear away some of the rhetoric about homelessnes and identify the key questions that frame this discussion. Dr. Marisa Zapata, director of PSU’s Homelessness Research & Action Collaborative, talks about the question she ... Read more