Homelessness & Public Policy

Schools of Public Engagement: Milano General Curriculum

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Homelessness & Public Policy

Spring 2022

Taught By: Lynn Lewis

Section: A

CRN: 11136

Credits: 3

This course reconsiders homelessness as a symptom of the housing crisis that is largely produced by public policies at the federal, state, and municipal levels. We will also consider the impact of systemic factors including shifts in the labor and housing markets. The evidence that homelessness is a reflection of systems of oppression that exist in society as a whole and not individual dysfunction or failure is revealed by analyzing the demographics of who is homeless. An overview of homelessness with a focus on New York City will include an analysis of the competing perspectives, policies and funding streams designed to address the steadily increasing number of homeless households since the early 1980’s. We will contextualize these perspectives by examining the role of the media vis a vis homeless public policy formation. Through course readings, engaging with guest speakers, including homeless New Yorkers, and site visits, we will review a range of strategies to address homelessness, including housing programs, funding, legislation, litigation, community organizing and advocacy, and participatory action research. Students will be supported to identify and assess the efficacy of current public policy initiatives in the area of homelessness, to articulate their own theory of change, to critically evaluate data sources, and identify the stakeholders with the power to enact progressive homeless policies. Throughout the semester, students will journal their learning, and will have the flexibility to complete assignments in writing, as well as using a multimedia approach. A final paper will be required.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Milano General Curriculum (NMIL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:24am 11/28/2021 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/26/2022 - 5/11/2022