The Project on Family Homelessness uses journalism, art and storytelling projects to help engage the community to make family homelessness rare, brief and one time only in Washington state. The oldest continuous homelessness advocacy project at Seattle University, we were established in 2009 through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. An eighth grant from the Gates Foundation enables us to continue our communications and advocacy work through mid-2020.
We use this site mainly as an archive of Past Projects.
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, including public art and community events.
Since 2013, our focus has been on supporting our family homelessness advocacy partners -- the non-profit organizations in Washington state who work to end family homelessness. Our role is to serve as a convener of those partner organizations; assist them with communications projects; and create content they can use in their advocacy work. A fourth function is to coordinate special projects like StoryCorps, The Moth and the "Streetwise Revisited" project.
In 2016 we moved to our new home in SU's Institute of Public Service, where the Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Public Affairs degree programs are offered, as is the minor in Nonprofit and Public Administration.
Learn about all our previous work, including StoryCorps, The Moth, the American Refugees films, "Streetwise Revisited" and more.
Catherine Hinrichsen, Project Director
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