Homelessness in America: The Big Picture

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About this module

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Description:

Homelessness in America did not begin in the late 1970s or early 1980s when state mental hospitals closed, when tens of thousands of veterans returned from Vietnam physically and mentally ravaged, or when federal cuts in housing resulted in the loss of massive numbers of affordable housing units. The history of homelessness in the United States is much older and deeply rooted, going back to the arrival of the first Europeans and their subjugation and displacement of indigenous peoples. Learn about the history and causes of homelessness, current trends in homeless services, and future directions in addressing homelessness.

Who should take this module:

  • Frontline workers
  • Managers
  • Directors
  • Anyone interested in the history of homelessness in America

Learning objectives:

  • Describe the changing nature of homelessness during different periods of American history
  • Name at least three promising trends in our nation’s response to homelessness 
  • Identify four strategies to end homelessness

Meet the author:

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
  • Homelessness in America: Part One
  • Homelessness in America: Quiz 1
  • Homelessness in America: Part Two
  • Homelessness in America: Quiz 2
  • Homelessness in America: Part Three
  • Homelessness in America: Quiz 3
  • Homelessness in America: Part Four
  • Homelessness in America: Quiz 4
  • Homelessness in America: Part Five
  • Homelessness in America: 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:

Homelessness in America did not begin in the late 1970s or early 1980s when state mental hospitals closed, when tens of thousands of veterans returned from Vietnam physically and mentally ravaged, or when federal cuts in housing resulted in the loss of massive numbers of affordable housing units. The history of homelessness in the United States is much older and deeply rooted, going back to the arrival of the first Europeans and their subjugation and displacement of indigenous peoples. Learn about the history and causes of homelessness, current trends in homeless services, and future directions in addressing homelessness.

Who should take this module:

  • Frontline workers
  • Managers
  • Directors
  • Anyone interested in the history of homelessness in America

Learning objectives:

  • Describe the changing nature of homelessness during different periods of American history
  • Name at least three promising trends in our nation’s response to homelessness 
  • Identify four strategies to end homelessness

Meet the author:

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
  • Homelessness in America: Part One
  • Homelessness in America: Quiz 1
  • Homelessness in America: Part Two
  • Homelessness in America: Quiz 2
  • Homelessness in America: Part Three
  • Homelessness in America: Quiz 3
  • Homelessness in America: Part Four
  • Homelessness in America: Quiz 4
  • Homelessness in America: Part Five
  • Homelessness in America: Feedback