Homelessness is a Housing Problem: Impact NW’s Learning List

December 11th, 2023

In today’s fast-paced world, finding moments to contribute meaningfully can be challenging. At Impact NW, we believe that every minute counts in the fight against homelessness. Whether you have five minutes or an hour, this curated list from our advocacy group offers insightful reads, documentaries about housing solutions and more. It’s an opportunity for everyone to deepen their understanding and engage in meaningful ways.

If you have 5 minutes to spare:

If you’re free for 10-15 minutes:

  • Housing is a human right. Read a little about how the U.N. explains how protecting that right is
    protecting the center of our social, emotional and often economic lives.
  • *Rewatch On the Ground and consider what voices are typically included and excluded from
    conversations about homelessness.
  • Connect the dots linking the Portland housing crisis and the housing market.
  • If homelessness is a housing problem, learn more about “Housing First” as a strategic solution.
  • How did homelessness in Oregon get started and then grow into a statewide crisis? Read this OPB expose.
  • *Deepen your understanding of who is experiencing homelessness listening to Voices of Homelessness, a TEDx talk.
  • *Salt Lake City shares a powerful pilot of the Housing First Approach for those experiencing chronic homelessness, in this short video.

If you’re up for sharing your lunch break with 20-30 minutes:

You’ve got an hour or two this evening:

If you want a truly deep dive:

  • Read the book: Homelessness is a Housing Problem. This compelling research-backed book by Gregg Colburn and Clayton Page Aldern explains how infrastructure and structural factors create and impact patterns of homelessness.

*Audible Resources! Sitting in traffic or at the kiddo’s soccer practice, you can still listen and learn!