Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Dr. Myrstol describes research on homelessness at CCEL Engage Week campus event

Dr. Myrstol (center) speaks to students about homelessness research during CCEL event.

Dr. Brad Myrstol, Justice faculty, joined Colleen Ackerman, Homeward Bound Program Manager, and Shannon O'Connell, Homeward Bound UAA BSW Student Intern, on October 17, 2011 at a UAA Center for Community Engagement and Learning (CCEL) event to discuss homelessness and panhandling in Anchorage.

Dr. Myrstol focused on the homelessness research he has done which looks at the duration of homelessnes, and drug-use as a precipitating factor for a period of homelessness.  He described the problems of the chronically homeless and the types of crimes for which homeless people tend to be arrested - primarily misdemeanor crimes of public disorder.

Ms. Ackerman and Ms. O'Connell discussed the supportive housing projects sponsored by RuralCAP: Homeward Bound, Housing First, RuralCAP Affordable Housing, and Karluk Manor.

This event was part of the CCEL's "Engage Week" series, and was  sponsored in part by UAA's Student Social Work Coalition, the Center for Community Engagement and Learning, and Student Life and Leadership.