What is it about?

This paper shows how colleges and universities can support new approaches to addressing homelessness. Two examples are used: providing tiny homes to people experiencing homelessness and sending health workers instead of police to respond to some emergencies. Portland State University's Homelessness Research & Action Collaborative helped design, evaluate, and spread these approaches using a process that could be adopted at other universities.

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Homelessness is a major issue in the United States and around the world. Colleges and universities can determine whether a new approach is effective in addressing homelessness, and can help spread these approaches more widely.

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This page is a summary of: The homelessness research and action collaborative: case studies of the social innovation process at a university research center, Social Enterprise Journal, July 2021, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/sej-08-2020-0061.
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