Students: Brown Bag Lunch Series on Homelessness

April 3, 2016

Students! Join the Faith & Family Homelessness Project for this special brown bag lunch series to engage in an important conversation about homelessness in Seattle.

The School of Theology and Ministry's “Faith & Family Homelessness Project” works to provide research and successful models of faith community engagement on the issue of homelessness. The program's manager, Lisa Gustaveson, and coordinator, Hannah Hunthausen, are currently looking to engage students in the project's work by hosting this lunch series tailored to student needs.

The initial planning meeting will take place on Monday, March 7. Lisa and Hannah will be looking for any suggestions of topics and speakers of interest for the series. Bring your lunch and spend time with the passionate duo behind the Faith & Family Homelessness Project!

Monday, March 7  |  12:00-1:20pm
Hunthausen 150 

In the past several months, we’ve seen our community’s homelessness problem and the conversation around it intensify as never before.

Since Mayor Ed Murray and County Executive Dow Constantine’s joint declaration of a state of emergency on homelessness in Seattle/King County back in November, we have seen the opening of three new city-sanctioned tent encampments in Seattle, a 19% rise in the unsheltered homeless population in King County over last year (at least 4,505 people counted during the 1/29/16 One Night Count), coverage of violent crime and drug use in unauthorized encampments like “the Jungle” and questions about how best to compassionately serve and protect the people living there while also ensuring the safety of the wider community, and passionate (sometimes vitriolic) public debate about all of the above. It’s rare that a day goes by without local media coverage on homelessness and related issues.

FFH Program Coordinator, Hannah Hunthausen says:

Lisa and I want to engage the School of Theology and Ministry community more intentionally in conversation about all of these issues, and give students in particular the opportunity to come together once or twice a month to discuss a particular hot button issue, policy or incident that is in the news and affecting our community(ies) right now. We want to have the opportunity to process these issues together and think about how each of us can more effectively approach and take action on homelessness. Instead of adding yet another event to your busy calendars, the brown bag lunch will take place once or twice per month during one of the already scheduled Student Community Lunches.

Stay tuned for more details about this special lunch series! For more information about the Faith & Family Homelessness Project, visit their blog

Questions or Suggestions? contact Hannah Hunthausen at