Building Healthy Places Book Club Summer 2023 Selection: Homelessness is a Housing Problem


2023-07-13T15:00:00 - 2023-07-13T12:00:00

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    Join us for our summer session of BHP Book & Film Club on Homelessness is a Housing Problem by Gregg Colburn and Clayton Aldern. The book seeks to explain the substantial variation in rates of homelessness apparent in cities across the United States. Using accessible statistics, the researchers 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 why, for example, rates are so much higher in Seattle than in Chicago. Instead, housing market conditions, such as the cost and availability of rental housing, offer a more convincing explanation.


    The Building Healthy Places Book Club is supported by ULI Foundation Governor Randall Lewis.


    THE SCHEDULE: June 19 – July 13, 2023


    · Reading Kickoff, June 19 | Participants will receive a Book Club 101 email outlining how the Book Club will work, along with the suggested 4-week reading schedule.

    · Virtual Meetup: Talk with the Author, July 13, 3 pm ET via Zoom | At the close of the reading period, author Gregg Colburn will share his personal story and motivations for writing the book; Allison Clark of the MacArthur Foundation will lead a fireside chat and Q&A discussion with the audience and Gregg.

    · Weekly Thought Prompts | In weekly emails, the author will offer observations and questions to guide your reading. Weekly emails will align with the four-week suggested reading schedule.




    · Participation is free with registration.

    · Participants receive a Book Club 101 email, along with the suggested reading schedule; links to the virtual meetups; and weekly thought prompts via email.

    · Meetups are scheduled for 75 minutes.

    · Reading the book or listening to the audiobook is recommended but not required to participate.