Behind the Numbers: Who is Homeless and Why?

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About this module

System Technology Requirements

Please ensure your viewing device complies with the following recommendation:

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  • Ensure you have a strong enough internet speed to stream
  • Ensure you don't have firewalls blocking the video (some firewalls block some HTTP addresses)

Description:

In this unit, you will learn about definitions and root causes of homelessness, and who is most at risk of becoming homeless. Beyond the information and statistics, there is an emphasis on people—people whose lives are filled with pain, sadness, and loss, and whose lives are also filled with joys, love, and hopes for a better future.

Who should take this module:

  • Frontline workers
  • Managers 

Learning objectives:

  • Distinguish among the various federal definitions of homelessness
  • Name three root causes of homelessness
  • Describe who is most vulnerable to homelessness

Meet the authors:

Katie Volk, MA, is a child development specialist who has focused on poverty and related issues since 2000. She has worked with hundreds of community organizations to provide training and technical assistance in the U.S. and Australia. Katie understands the multidimensional needs of vulnerable children and families, needs of the paraprofessionals who serve them, and systems and contexts in which they live and work. She has provided consultation to dozens of organizations on trauma-informed care implementation. 

Jeff Olivet, MA, has worked in homelessness, behavioral health, and public health for more than two decades. He has been a street outreach worker, case manager, coalition builder, activist, national trainer and technical assistance provider as well as a curriculum developer, writer, and inspirational public speaker. Jeff conceived of and provides leadership for SPARC: Supporting Partnerships for Anti-Racist Communities, a multi-city initiative to address racial inequity in homelessness. 

Module facts: 

  • Subject: Homelessness
  • Length: Most can complete in 1 hour
  • Course type: Asynchronous, home study
    • Participants will watch pre-recorded videos and be quizzed on the knowledge they learn afterwards 
  • Content level: Introductory
  • Covered topics: homelessness, homeless, poverty
  • Fees: $50 (unless a basic or advanced subscriber)

Refund and Cancellation policy:

Access is automatically provided to this module once purchased. Therefore, no refund will be given. For special circumstances, C4 may cancel your registration and move your credit to another module of equal value. 

Accommodations:

If you need accommodations for disability, please contact C4’s Managing Director Rachel Ehly.

Grievances:

If you would like to report a complaint, please email C4's Senior Trainer Ken Kraybill or Managing Director Rachel Ehly.

Questions? Concerns? Email us at training@c4innovates.com

Related resources:

Curriculum

  • Course handouts
  • Who is Homeless & Why Part 1
  • Who is Homeless & Why: Quiz 1
  • Who is Homeless & Why Part 2
  • Who is Homeless & Why: Quiz 2
  • Who is Homeless & Why Part 3
  • Who is Homeless & Why: Quiz 3
  • Who is Homeless & Why Part 4
  • Who is Homeless & Why Feedback

About this module

System Technology Requirements

Please ensure your viewing device complies with the following recommendation:

  • Must be on a device that allows you to view MP4 files
  • Ensure you have a strong enough internet speed to stream
  • Ensure you don't have firewalls blocking the video (some firewalls block some HTTP addresses)

Description:

In this unit, you will learn about definitions and root causes of homelessness, and who is most at risk of becoming homeless. Beyond the information and statistics, there is an emphasis on people—people whose lives are filled with pain, sadness, and loss, and whose lives are also filled with joys, love, and hopes for a better future.

Who should take this module:

  • Frontline workers
  • Managers 

Learning objectives:

  • Distinguish among the various federal definitions of homelessness
  • Name three root causes of homelessness
  • Describe who is most vulnerable to homelessness

Meet the authors:

Katie Volk, MA, is a child development specialist who has focused on poverty and related issues since 2000. She has worked with hundreds of community organizations to provide training and technical assistance in the U.S. and Australia. Katie understands the multidimensional needs of vulnerable children and families, needs of the paraprofessionals who serve them, and systems and contexts in which they live and work. She has provided consultation to dozens of organizations on trauma-informed care implementation. 

Jeff Olivet, MA, has worked in homelessness, behavioral health, and public health for more than two decades. He has been a street outreach worker, case manager, coalition builder, activist, national trainer and technical assistance provider as well as a curriculum developer, writer, and inspirational public speaker. Jeff conceived of and provides leadership for SPARC: Supporting Partnerships for Anti-Racist Communities, a multi-city initiative to address racial inequity in homelessness. 

Module facts: 

  • Subject: Homelessness
  • Length: Most can complete in 1 hour
  • Course type: Asynchronous, home study
    • Participants will watch pre-recorded videos and be quizzed on the knowledge they learn afterwards 
  • Content level: Introductory
  • Covered topics: homelessness, homeless, poverty
  • Fees: $50 (unless a basic or advanced subscriber)

Refund and Cancellation policy:

Access is automatically provided to this module once purchased. Therefore, no refund will be given. For special circumstances, C4 may cancel your registration and move your credit to another module of equal value. 

Accommodations:

If you need accommodations for disability, please contact C4’s Managing Director Rachel Ehly.

Grievances:

If you would like to report a complaint, please email C4's Senior Trainer Ken Kraybill or Managing Director Rachel Ehly.

Questions? Concerns? Email us at training@c4innovates.com

Related resources:

Curriculum

  • Course handouts
  • Who is Homeless & Why Part 1
  • Who is Homeless & Why: Quiz 1
  • Who is Homeless & Why Part 2
  • Who is Homeless & Why: Quiz 2
  • Who is Homeless & Why Part 3
  • Who is Homeless & Why: Quiz 3
  • Who is Homeless & Why Part 4
  • Who is Homeless & Why Feedback