College of Arts and Sciences
Communication Department

Project on Family Homelessness

  • The goals of the Project on Family Homelessness are to increase public awareness and understanding of family homelessness and its causes and solutions, and to engage the public to make family homelessness rare, brief and one time only. 

    Seattle University's Center for Strategic Communications (CSC) established the project in late 2009 with the creation of the Journalism Fellowships on Family Homelessness. The fellowships program yielded outstanding and unprecedented in-depth reporting by eight different news organizations and independent journalists, and was commended by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism. 

    In 2011, the project's name changed to the Project on Family Homelessness to reflect its expanded scope beyond journalism fellowships. We helped draw attention to family homelessness among veterans and brought our message to the public in unexpected settings.

    Since 2013, our focus is on supporting our family homelessness advocacy partners, the non-profit organizations in Washington state who work to end family homelessness.

    The Project on Family Homelessness was awarded a sixth grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for its 2015-2016 family homelessness advocacy work.

    For the most up-to-date news on our project in 2015, please visit us at our new blog or on Facebook.

    Our Projects:

    From creating innovative arts events to sharing personal stories about families experiencing homelessness, our initiatives are designed to compel you to take action with us. Learn about them here.

    Facts About Family Homelessness:

    See facts on family homelessness, news coverage and more.

    News Coverage:

    Read and watch news coverage on the topic of family homeless, our projects, and our partners.

    Our Partners:

    Learn about the other organizations we're collaborating with in 2015.

    If you are looking for information on the Faith & Family Homelessness Project, please contact our colleagues in the School of Theology & Ministry.

    Contact Us:

    Prof. Barry Mitzman, Director | (206) 296-2826

    Catherine Hinrichsen, Project Manager | (206) 398-4457

    Perry Firth, Project Coordinator and Graduate Project Assistant  

    Tiana Quitugua, Project Assistant,

    Lindsey Habenicht, Student Project Assistant,