Homelessness PART 2: Compassion <> Responsibility

Crossing Party Lines: Portland, OR
Crossing Party Lines: Portland, OR
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Homelessness isn’t just an urban problem, and it isn’t going away by itself. What are the root causes and how do we address them? In the first session we examined this topic with the goal of understanding whose problem it is and what, if anything, motivates us to care about and to improve the situation.

In this second session of our two-part series on homelessness, we’ll ask what we can and should we do to address the problem, which some call a crisis. What’s stopping us from ending homelessness now? Where do compassion and personal responsibility overlap as they relate to homelessness? What happens if nothing is done?

Pre-reads for this second session include possible solutions to this problem as well as resources to help us understand the roots of the problem.

Please come prepared to share personal experiences related to homelessness and the relationship between compassion for others vs personal responsibility.

(This topic was selected by CPL Members through our #VirtualDemocracy Poll! -- Thank you to all who participated)

Pre-read Material:

- Homelessness in America: A Story in 10 Charts (https://www.thoughtspot.com/thoughtspot-blog/homelessness-america-story-10-charts)

- End Homelessness in America (https://endhomelessness.org/homelessness-in-america/)

- #NHHAW – 6 Things I Want You To Understand About Being Homeless In America (https://nationalhomeless.org/guest-post-6-things-want-understand-homeless-america/)

- What People Get Wrong When They Try to End Homelessness (https://talkpoverty.org/2017/06/20/people-get-wrong-try-end-homelessness/)

- The Answer to Homelessness

-Addressing America’s Homeless Population (https://www.conservativedailynews.com/2018/09/addressing-americas-homeless-population/)

- It’s Not ‘Compassionate’ to Allow Addicts and the Mentally Ill to Live on the Streets (https://www.nationalreview.com/2015/08/homeless-sleeping-streets-doj-cruel-unusual-punishment/)

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