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Colburn Discusses Homelessness is a Housing Problem at Harvard University

Posted: 11/9/2023 (CSDE Research)

CSDE Affiliate Gregg Colburn recently presented his talk, “Homeless is a Housing Problem” on Nov. 3rd at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. While homelessness is a consistent and growing problem throughout the US, rates of homelessness vary around the country. What explains these variations? Why, for example, are rates are so much higher in Seattle than in Chicago? In this talk, Gregg Colburn, an Associate Professor of Real Estate in the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments, discussed findings from Homelessness Is a Housing Problem, a book he co-authored that tests a range of conventional beliefs about what drives the prevalence of homelessness in a city, and what types of policies could address the problem. Lyndia Downie, President and Executive Director of Pine Street Inn, the largest homeless service provider in New England, joined Colburn in the conversation moderated by Chris Herbert, the Joint Center’s Managing Director. Watch the recorded talk here.


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