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Gmu talk

  1. 1. Craig Willse George Mason University February 6, 2012 The College of WoosterDepartment of Sociology and Anthropology
  2. 2. methods
  3. 3. methodsdiscourse & materiality
  4. 4. A Diagram of Surplus Life
  5. 5. A Diagram of Surplus Life
  6. 6. A Diagram of Surplus Life
  7. 7. housinghomelessness race
  8. 8. neoliberalismurban “renewal”
  9. 9. Federal InterventionMcKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act 1987
  10. 10. Two Case Studies
  11. 11. Two Case Studies neoliberalization biopoliticization
  12. 12. HMISHomeless Management Information System
  13. 13. “We talk about this all the time, like how the paperwork just changes slightly every year. Now they want us to use a logic model. And every year there’s more components for getting our pittance. Less than a quarter of our annual budget comes from this money. But it’s this huge hassle, and our other money is kind of dependent upon it. ”
  14. 14. Domains and Scale Domain Scale1. Income2. Employment3. Housing 1 = In Crisis4. Food5. Childcare 2 = Vulnerable6. Children’s Education7. Adult Education8. Legal 3 = Safe9. Health Care10. Life Skills 4 = Building Capacity11. Mental Health12. Substance Abuse 5 = Empowered13. Family Relations14. Mobility15. Community Involvement 12Abt Associates, “Arizona’s Homeless Evaluation Project” (2006)
  15. 15. Goals of the Project•  Conscious shift from focus on outputs to investing in outcomes•  Reduce the gap between knowledge and practice ! Which programs are effective? ! What interventions produce results? ! Where do we target investment? 2 Abt Associates, “Arizona’s Homeless Evaluation Project” (2006)
  16. 16. Chronic Homelessness
  17. 17. U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, “From Good to Better to Great:Innovations 10-Year Plans”
  18. 18. “ I think we have the same interests. The business community in Downtown, some of the leaders are a little bit . . . hard to swallow. But we have the same interests, right? I mean, I don’t think they give a crap about homeless people, but they wanna see no one sleep on the street, and we wanna see no one sleep on the street. ”
  19. 19. In general, being older, of black race, having asubstance abuse or mental health problem, orhaving a physical disability, significantlyreduces the likelihood of exiting shelter.Dennis Culhane and Randall Kuhn,“Patterns and Determinantsof Public Shelter Utilization Among Homeless Adults in NewYork City and Philadelphia” (1998)
  20. 20. ConclusionsKeynesian labor neoliberal surplus life
  21. 21. neoliberalismand the family
  22. 22. New York Times Magazine April 27, 2008
  23. 23. New York Times April 9, 2009
  24. 24. New York Times April 9, 2009 With their furniture in storage, Mia Dennis, Brandon Brown and their daughter, Amelia, sleep on mattresses in their familys illegally reclaimed home.
  25. 25. New York Times May 5, 2009
  26. 26. New York Times May 5, 2009 Since an eviction threat,Christine A. Lewis has had toborrow furniture and clothing. Her own things are stuck in storage.