Housing and Homelessness

The growing crisis of people not having a permanent place to live is a deeply complex challenge to urban communities. Cities around the world are facing pressures due to development, aging infrastructure, and deep-seated political and economic dynamics that together can and often do impact our most vulnerable citizens. Due in part to these pressures, housing is becoming less affordable and homeless populations are increasing in cities and communities around the country.

Urban@UW is supporting faculty efforts to bring together multiple disciplines and organizations to address this challenge. We seek to leverage collective knowledge bases and to collaborate across methodologies, ways of understanding, and data sources to better understand homelessness and housing with the goal of working towards actionable insights. By ethically and openly engaging across fields, sectors and perspectives, we plan to better understand and ameliorate homelessness in an era of rapid urban change.

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