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“Homelessness is a Housing Problem” with Author Gregg Colburn and Senator Ali Rabe

“Homelessness is a Housing Problem” with Author Gregg Colburn and Senator Ali Rabe In-Person

In their book Homelessness Is a Housing Problem: How Structural Factors Explain U.S. Patterns, Gregg Colburn and Clayton Page Aldern seek to explain the substantial regional variation in rates of homelessness in cities across the United States. In a departure from many analytical approaches, Colburn and Aldern shift their focus from the individual experiencing homelessness to the metropolitan area. Using accessible statistical analysis, they test a range of conventional beliefs about what drives the prevalence of homelessness in a given city—including mental illness, drug use, poverty, weather, generosity of public assistance, and low-income mobility—and find that none explain the regional variation observed across the country. Instead, housing market conditions, such as the cost and availability of rental housing, offer a far more convincing account. With rigor and clarity, Homelessness Is a Housing Problem explores U.S. cities' diverse experiences with housing precarity and offers policy solutions for unique regional contexts.

Gregg Colburn’s presentation will be followed by Idaho Senator Ali Rabe, who will present on legislative housing initiatives and challenges and her organization Jesse Tree – which provides financial assistance and mediation services to tenants in crisis in the Treasure Valley. 

Gregg and Senator Rabe will be joined for Q&A by Mary Fauth, Executive Director of Blaine County Charitable Fund; Carol Barkes and Mandy Heward, from NeuroMediation Group, Blaine County’s Landlord-Tenant Mediation Program; and Carissa Connelly, Housing Director of Blaine County Housing Authority and City of Ketchum.

In partnership with Blaine County Housing Authority and Spur Community Foundation.

This program will be livestreamed and available to watch later. Click here to watch online.

Wednesday, May 29, 2024
5:30pm - 6:45pm
Time Zone:
Mountain Time - US & Canada (change)
John A. and Carole O. Moran Lecture Hall
The Community Library
  Lectures & Conversations  
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Gregg Colburn is an Associate Professor in the Runstad Department of Real Estate in the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington. He publishes research on topics related to housing and homelessness and is co-author of the book, Homelessness is a Housing Problem: How Structural Factors Explain U.S. Patterns (University of California Press). His research has been featured in leading media outlets, including The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Economist, Bloomberg, and National Public Radio. Gregg holds a B.A. from Albion College, an M.B.A. from Northwestern University, and a M.S.W. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Prior to academia, he worked as an investment banker and private equity professional. At the University of Washington, Gregg teaches classes in housing, urban economics, and finance. Gregg serves as co-chair of the University of Washington’s Homelessness Research Initiative and is a member of the National Alliance to End Homelessness Research Council.

Ali Rabe is the Executive Director at Jesse Tree, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing eviction and homelessness in the Treasure Valley as well as the State Senator for District 16. Prior to joining Jesse Tree, Ali worked with local governments and service providers in their efforts to prevent and end homelessness in the Bay Area. She spent the early years of her legal career supporting refugees and other displaced populations around the world. Her experiences there led to her passion to prevent homelessness from happening to people and communities. Ali is Idaho born-and-raised, a proud alumnus of The College of Idaho and holds a J.D. from William & Mary Law School.

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