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Homelessness 101

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Key Messages:

  • Homelessness is the lack of stable, permanent, appropriate housing.
  • Common perceptions of homelessness are based on myths and stereotypes.
  • There is a range of housing situations from unsheltered homelessness at one end to secure housing at the other.


Lesson 1 of 7
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What is Homelessness?

Homelessness is a familiar issue—one that is often misunderstood. We view homelessness as an individual problem and often fail to understand its root causes. This lesson introduces a definition of homelessness that encompasses a range of experiences and living situations.

Initial Thoughts

Here are some ideas and themes to consider as you work through this lesson:

  1. What does the experience of homelessness look like?
  2. Why do we need a definition of homelessness?
  3. How have your ideas about homelessness been influenced by the world around you?