Podcast Brunch Club

Homelessness: December 2019 Listening List

Podcast Brunch Club theme: Homelessness

Homelessness and houselessness rates are reaching historic highs worldwide. Every city or region takes its own approach to solving homelessness, each attempt as unique as the local population. This month, we highlight some of the struggles and solutions communities are using to tackle these humanitarian crises.

(This playlist was curated by four members of our Eugene chapter. Thanks to Tara, Tatyana, Hallie, and Julia).

Podcast Listening List on HOMELESSNESS

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Podcast: Planet Money
Episode: #913: Counting the Homeless (May 2019, 22 min)
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From renting hotels to a jobs report-like census in the night, we look at ways communities are helping the homeless.

Podcast: Housing First
Episode: Making a house a home #3 – Housing First (October 2018, 45 min)
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Why is this probably the best way to fight homelessness? What does the case of Finland show to the rest of EU Member States? What is the aim of the Housing First Europe Hub? We get answers to these questions in this episode of Housing Europe’s Housing First podcast.

Podcast: TED Radio Hour
Episode: Building Humane Cities (September 2018, 45 min)
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Cities are symbols of hope and opportunity. But today, overcrowding and gentrification are hurting their most vulnerable residents. This hour, TED speakers explore how we can build more humane cities.

Podcast: Gimme Shelter: The California Housing Crisis Podcast
Episode: L.A., Houston mayors on housing and homelessness (November 2018, 71 min)
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A collection of interviews with big city mayors on housing and homelessness.

PBC Podcast Episodes on Homelessness

  • Planet Money host, Sarah Gonzalez
    A discussion with Sarah Gonzalez, the host and reporter on the Planet Money podcast that we listened to as part of this month playlist.

Conversation Starter Questions

  1. What are some of the differences and similarities in the homelessness and housing crises around the world?
  2. How present is the homeless/houseless crisis in your community? How effective are your local solutions to homelessness?
  3. Richard Berry, former mayor of Albuquerque, approached homelessness in his community by focusing on opportunities in “the dignity of work.” Do you think something like this would work in your community? Why or why not?
  4. What are the benefits and concerns around a “harm-reduction” approach to working with homeless and houseless populations? When substance use is involved, do you think provisions of housing and provisions of treatment be tied to one another? Why or why not?
  5. Several experts paint solutions to homelessness as “surprisingly simple.” What are some of the elements complicating these solutions or complicating our perceptions of them?

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