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Research, Readings, and Films on Homelessness

Engaging Homelessness

At Seattle Pacific University, we’re assisting, supporting, and enhancing work to end homelessness in King County and beyond. Discover how you can help.

Content on this guide is curated by SPU faculty. Those with questions or recommendations may contact Kristen Hoffman.

Homelessness: An overview

​Lee, B. A., Tyler, K. A., & Wright, J. D. (2010). The new homelessness revisitedAnnual Review of Sociology, 36, 501-521. doi:10.1146/annurev-soc-070308-115940 

Loftus-Farren, Z. (2011). Tent cities: An interim solution to homelessness and affordable housing shortages in the United States [PDF]. California Law Review, 99, 1037-1082. Retrieved from

National Alliance to End Homelessness. (2021, January). The state of homelessness in America. Retrieved from

United States Conference of Mayors. (2016, December). Hunger and homelessness survey: A status report on hunger and homelessness in America’s cities. Retrieved from

United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. (2021). Continuum of Care homeless populations and subpopulations reports. Retrieved from

Homelessness in Seattle

Bauman, T. (2016, August). The crisis of homelessness: Across the nation and in the Pacific Northwest [PowerPoint]. Presentation at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.

Demirel, S. (2016a, June 28). Homeless in Seattle: The roots of a crisis. Crosscut. Retrieved from

Demirel, S. (2016b, July 19). Seattle's 30-year fight to end homelessness. Crosscut. Retrieved from

Demirel, S. (2016c, August 23). What next for Seattle’s homeless? Crosscut. Retrieved from

McKinney, J. & Snedker, K. (2016). From charity to change [PDF]. Contexts, 15, 80-82.  

National Coalition for the Homeless. (2010, March). Tent cities three and four, Seattle, WA [PDF]. In: Tent Cities in America: A Pacific Coast Report (pp. 18-25). Retrieved from

Putnam, M. (2016, August). Homelessness in King County [PowerPoint]. Presentation at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.

Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness. (2018). Annual Report. Retrieved from

Seattle Times. (2022). Project Homeless. Retrieved from

Snedker, K. & McKinney, J. (2016, August). "We are homeless, not helpless:" Voices from inside a tent encampment [PowerPoint]. Presentation at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.

Snedker, K. & McKinney, J. (2018, May 6). Hosting a homeless encampment changed our university. Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrived from

Snedker, K. & McKinney, J. (2018, June 5). Four myths about homelessness: voices from a tent city. Retrieved from

Faith, Religion and Homelessness

Beiler, R. (2001). The aroma of ChristSojourners Magazine, 30(6), 36-37. Retrieved from

Lewis, B. (2012, January 7). Not at home: Rethinking hospitality and homelessness. Retrieved from

Women and Homelessness

Families, Children and Homelessness

Bassuk, E. L. (2010). Ending child homelessness in AmericaAmerican Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 80(4), 496-504. doi:10.1111/j.1939-0025.2010.01052.x

DeForge, V., Zehnder, S., Minick, P., & Carmon, M. (2001). Children’s perceptions of homelessnessPediatric Nursing, 27(4), 377-383. Retrieved from

Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness. (2012).  Family turn away survey report 2012 [PDF]. Retrieved from

Youth/Young Adulthood and Homelessness


Al-Abweh, R. (2017). Rethinking “home” through the lens of “homelessness” and why this is relevant to urban planning and public policy. Retrieved from

Alhashimi, H., & Dwyer, W. (2004, January).  Is there such an entity as a housing market? [PDF].  Presented at the 10th Annual Pacific Rim Real Estate Conference, Bangkok. Retrieved from

Diddams, M., & Maykovich, X. (2016, July). Seattle's renting crisis: Report & policy recommendations [PDF]. Retrieved from

Eyre, M. H. (2016, August). Design justice & democracy of tiny homes [PDF]. Presentation at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.

Freeman, L. (2002, May). America’s affordable housing crisis: A contract unfilledAmerican Journal of Public Health, 92(5), 709-712. Retrieved from

Foscarinis, M. (2007). The growth of a movement for a human right to housing in the United States [PDF]. Harvard Human Rights Journal, 20, 35-40. Retrieved from

Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. (2022, June). The state of the nation's housing 2022. Retrieved from

Landis, J., & McClure, K. (2010, Summer).  Rethinking federal housing policyJournal of the American Planning Association, 76(3), 319 – 348. doi:10.1080/01944363.2010.484793

National Housing Conference (2016). Housing Landscape 2016. Retrieved from

National Housing Conference. (2022). Paycheck to paycheck. Retrieved from

National Low Income Housing Coalition. (2015). A brief historical overview of affordable rental housing [PDF]. Retrieved from

National Low Income Housing Coalition. (2022). Out of reach report. Retrieved from

National Low Income Housing Coalition. (2022). The gap: A shortage of affordable homes. Retrieved from

Sternlieb, G., & Hughes, J.W. (1991).  Private market provision of low-income housing: Historical perspective and future prospectsHousing Policy Debate, 2(2), 123 – 141.

Stone, M. (2006).  Housing affordability: One-third of a nation shelter-poor.  In R.G. Bratt, M. Stone, & C. Hartman (Eds.) : A Right to Housing: Foundation for a New Social Agenda (pp. 38-60). Philadelphia: Temple University Press. Retrieved from

Thiele, B. (2002, May). The human right to adequate housing: A tool for promoting and protecting individual and community health.  American Journal of Public Health, 92(5), 712 -715. Retrieved from

Social Advocacy, Social Movement and Social Policy

Bass, B. G. (2009). Faith-based programs and their influence on homelessness [select OvidSP for full text SPU-only access]. Family & Community Health, 32(4), 314-319.

Forrest, S. (2014). From 'Rabble Management' to 'Recovery Management': Policing homelessness in marginal urban space. Urban Studies, 51, 1909-1925. doi:10.1177/0042098013499798

Stories and Faces of the Homeless

Hohlbein, R. (2016, June 28). The faces of homelessnessCrosscut. Retrieved from

Films on Homelessness

Time To Listen (Complete Film) from ChangeHomelessness on Vimeo.

Time To Listen is a 15 minute film focusing on the stories of six different homeless individuals and how they navigate life. Weather it’s the economy, substance abuse, poor decisions, health issues, mental illness, chronic homelessness, or life change. Whatever causes homelessness…these six individuals are opening up and sharing about how they became homeless, what it feels like to be homeless, and how they would like you to see them.
Click this link to download the complete (HD) film, 90 second preview, & discussion guide for free.