Homelessness in the Age of Trump

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

All our faith traditions, at their core, are about building just societies and freeing people from oppression. We must be about the work of bringing people together, not building walls to keep one another apart.

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie, Director of the Center for Peace and Spirituality at Pacific University, calls attention to the intersection of faith and public policy in his keynote address at “Working Upstream: What Can We Do to Prevent Homelessness?” — Saffron Strand’s 8th Annual Homeless Workforce Conference, June 12-13 at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium.

The Conference provides vital knowledge, skills, and support for those who help vulnerable populations. It attracts social workers, health care providers, employment specialists, and other professionals as well as civic leaders and Bay Area citizens concerned about the rising tide of chronic homelessness, especially among the young who have so much to lose.

Richmond is at the epicenter of homelessness in the San Francisco Bay Area. Conventional solutions are under increasing budget pressure and cannot meet the need to get people off the streets and back to work. The Homeless Workforce Conference generates innovative solutions, with the 2017 Conference focusing “upstream” to help those at risk to find stable housing, re-enter the workforce, and sustain employment for the long term. Dr. Currie provides a critical ethical, moral, and spiritual perspective to the work of helping the most vulnerable among us.

Dr. Currie’s career “covers the waterfront” of homeless issues, including housing, violence, and lack of health care. He is a former board member of the National Coalition for the Homeless in Washington, D.C. He writes a…

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