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You are here for answers, and so are we. This podcast illuminates the underlying causes of homelessness, explains systems that perpetuate it, explores innovative solutions, and shares stories from those with lived experiences. Dr. Marisa Zapata, director of PSU’s Homelessness Research & Action Collaborative, talks with experts, including those with lived experience, on how to better understand and address homelessness in Portland and beyond.

Understanding Homelessness Podcast Homlessness Research & Action Collaborative

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You are here for answers, and so are we. This podcast illuminates the underlying causes of homelessness, explains systems that perpetuate it, explores innovative solutions, and shares stories from those with lived experiences. Dr. Marisa Zapata, director of PSU’s Homelessness Research & Action Collaborative, talks with experts, including those with lived experience, on how to better understand and address homelessness in Portland and beyond.

    Episode 6: Her story is her power

    Episode 6: Her story is her power

    In this episode, we talk with Raven Drake, manager of the Streets Roots Ambassador Program. The program builds on the talents and expertise of people on the streets to do public health outreach, surveys, and training while also helping participants build skills, make professional connections, and earn additional income. Drake also helped create C3PO, a collection of three alternative shelter communities built during the pandemic. She talks about why self determination is key when it comes to creating these spaces, and why efforts to create camps without it will fall short. She also shares her personal journey and how even on the darkest of days, there is a pathway forward.

    • 37 min
    Update to Episodes 4 and 5

    Update to Episodes 4 and 5

    Hey podcast listeners. This is Stefanie Knowlton, editor of the Understanding Homelessness podcast, with an update from last week’s two-part episode. The conversation with Don’t Evict PDX was recorded in early summer, and there have been some additional tenant supports that have come online since then. Oregon Law Center launched the Eviction Defense Project, which now offers legal support to all low-income tenants in Oregon facing a court eviction. Support includes a legal review of your case, legal advice, and in many cases some level of representation. It should only take one to two days to hear back from OLC. You can reach them at (888)-585-9638 or evictiondefense@oregonlawcenter.org. Please share this information with anyone who needs it. Despite these supports, Oregon still does not have a legal right to counsel in eviction cases. This is something that Don’t Evict PDX is prioritizing for the future. Thank you for listening.

    • 1 min
    Episode 4: Eviction Court

    Episode 4: Eviction Court

    UPDATE: Since recording this episode, Oregon has expanded legal support to all low-income tenants facing a court eviction. For more information, contact the Oregon Law Center at (888)-585-9638 or evictiondefense@oregonlawcenter.org

    Don’t Evict PDX is an all volunteer tenants’ organization that mobilized during the pandemic to observe eviction court and organize around what they saw. While some additional supports have since become available, listen for those at the end of the episode, their efforts still underscore housing injustices in the Portland Metro Area. Eviction is a key contributor to homelessness. This is part one of our conversation with Don’t Evict PDX. Listen to the next half in episode 5.

    • 30 min
    Episode 5: Violence is not a metaphor

    Episode 5: Violence is not a metaphor

    UPDATE: Since recording this episode, Oregon has expanded legal support to all low-income tenants facing a court eviction. For more information, contact the Oregon Law Center at (888)-585-9638 or evictiondefense@oregonlawcenter.org

    This is part two of our conversation with Don’t Evict PDX where we talk about the violence of eviction, systemic issues, biggest fears for the future, and what is next for the organization. Don’t Evict PDX is an all volunteer tenants’ organization that mobilized during the pandemic to observe eviction court and organize around what they saw. The end of the show also includes resources for those battling eviction.

    • 23 min
    Episode 3: Affordable housing is key

    Episode 3: Affordable housing is key

    The executive director of Home Forward, Michael Buonocore, talks 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 what a housing wage looks like and a few thoughts on NIMBYs.

    • 24 min
    Episode 2: AfroVillage Movement takes shape

    Episode 2: AfroVillage Movement takes shape

    Community health worker, activist and grassroots organizer LaQuida Landford talks about her roots in Belize and her lived experience of homelessness, and how both shape her vision for the AfroVillage Movement. She has worked for several Portland area nonprofits working on homelessness including Central City Concern, JOIN, and Urban League of Portland. Now she is creating her own movement. The AfroVillage will be a healing space for communities of color.

    • 32 min

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