The Great Recession, COVID-19, and widespread economic instability all contributed to an increase in family homelessness. The recent elimination of eviction moratoriums and other protections are expected to increase the numbers of children and families in homeless situations. Libraries can serve as a key resource for children and parents whose housing is unstable.
In this course, you will explore the causes of family homelessness and learn how libraries can support children and families experiencing housing insecurity. This course will provide opportunities to connect with schools and community organizations to understand the nature of family homelessness in your community and reach families where they are. The course will also present a range of service and programming options, address access barriers, and explore how to advocate for families experiencing homelessness.
At a glance
Instructor: Vikki Terrile is a public services and assessment librarian and co-coordinator of information literacy at Queensborough Community College, CUNY. She is also a PhD student at SUNY, the University of Buffalo, researching how librarians understand their work with families experiencing homelessness.