Research on homelessness, racial equity during COVID presented at PSU-OHSU symposium

Research Symposium


Researchers, practitioners and elected officials gathered virtually for Homelessness, Housing Insecurity, and Racial and Ethnic Equity during COVID-19, a research symposium hosted by PSU's Homelessness Research & Action Collaborative and the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health last month. A recording of the symposium is now available online.

The national research symposium offered a range of perspectives informed by formal and completed research, works in progress, and stories from the field. It featured two keynote speakers, Dr. Margot Kushel and Dr. Rashida Crutchfield and three sessions on new research from around the country. 

Researchers discussed: 1) What have we learned about addressing homelessness and housing insecurity during the COVID-19 response, particularly for people of color; and 2) Given the profound uncertainty of what happens next, what should we be prepared for going forward to best support people of color experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity?

“We appreciate all of our speakers, our moderators, our participants and our team for making the research symposium a great success,” said HRAC Director Marisa Zapata. 

The day included three sessions in addition to the keynotes:

Session one: Insights in Transitional Housing and Shelter Panel Session and Q&A

Session two: Upstream Factors in Housing Insecurity & Homelessness Panel Session and Q&A

Session three: Lessons from Unsheltered Outreach and Services Panel Session and Q&A

The event was made possible through the generous support of Richard Royse and Rocky Blumhagen.

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