October 20: Housing and Belonging

We're hosting one virtual conversation for people living anywhere in Oregon on Tuesday, October 20. This conversation will take place via Zoom from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. PDT. Register here.

Housing and Belonging

Facilitated by Paul Susi - register here

Housing and homelessness is a visible and divisive issue in local media, in politics, and across the different communities within our state. Many of us were experiencing housing instability and economic uncertainty even during the “boom” times before the current crisis. This conversation will explore common assumptions and perspectives about the experience of houselessness/homelessness and seek to answer the question, How do we decide who “belongs” in our community?

Paul Susi is a theater artist, social services professional, educator, and community activist born and raised in Portland. From 2015 to 2020, Paul worked as a lead shelter host, shift supervisor, and ultimately manager for six successive Transition Projects shelters, specializing in opening and establishing best practices for new emergency homeless shelters throughout the Portland area. In March of 2018, Paul was recognized as a RACC Juice Award honoree for outstanding contributions to the performing arts community. In the fall of 2018 and again in 2019, Paul toured a production of Denis O’Hare’s An Iliad to more than twenty different prisons, schools, community centers, and religious communities—the first time a touring performance succeeded in knitting together these unique constituencies throughout this state. Paul currently works as a site supervisor for the Outdoor School with the Multnomah Education Service District, where he goes by the camp name “Badger.”


1 comments have been posted.

I have discovered in my 'white' protected experience both poverty and ease (not wealth) regarding housing. At times I felt safer in low rent housing with overcrowded apartments of mixed race/origin families than in suburbs of whites who are always afraid of something! In Portland money always decided where I lived. But the 'structural' decisions (red lining, developments, city and county planning) seem to be greater determinents for the masses, and where the homeless can be. Think Edgefield. I just watched Michael Tubbs on TED mayor of Stockton CA, btw.

Karin Larsen | September 2020 | Brookings, OR

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