Homeless in the Land of Plenty


This event is now sold out, but you can get on the waitlist. Additionally, there will be a limited number of tickets available at the door.

YNPN Portland is hosting this event on Wednesday, November 16, in partnership with the Oregon Humanities statewide Conversation Project, to deepen our empathy and understanding of homelessness, the lack of adequate housing, and explore how this impacts our daily work and our clients, program participants, co-workers, and neighbors.

Home is one of the most intimate places we can know. It’s a place that provides for and shapes our expression of security, identity, and even play. But an estimated 100 million people around the world lack shelter altogether, and as many as one billion lack adequate permanent housing.

In the US, families with children are the fastest-growing segment of the homeless population. In Portland, homelessness and lack of adequate housing are a constant subject of policy and community discussion. How does homelessness affect the lives of all people within a community? What does it mean for there to be masses of people who are not adequately housed?


Conversation Leader: Ryan Stroud is a storyteller and the founder and director of CommuniTalks, an applied storytelling project that leverages personal narrative to empower individual and social change. He holds an MS in conflict resolution and a BA in communication from Portland State University, and a Diploma with Honors in Mandarin Chinese from the Defense Language Institute. In 2013, he was awarded a Collaborative Governance Service Award from the National Policy Consensus Center for his facilitation work in the field of public policy.

Doors open at 6, program at 6:30. Light appetizers will be provided. 

Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state's future. More information about Oregon Humanities’ programs and publications, which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Idea Lab, Public Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at oregonhumanities.org

Oregon Humanities (921 SW Washington, Suite 150; Portland, OR 97205) connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities. Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust. 


YNPN Portland charges a small fee to cover the costs associated with providing professional development events, but do not want the price to be an obstacle in attending. Please email Maddelyn at [email protected] to request an exception to the fee. 

YNPN Portland will not issue refunds in response to canceled RSVPs for this event, unless there is an error during registration. We promise to put your money toward the development of future programming. Thank you. 



November 16, 2016 at 6:00pm - 8pm


Milagro Theatre, El Zócalo Room
525 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97214
United States
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Maddelyn High ·


Jessica Henderson Annie O'Brien Tara Porchia

Will you come?

$10.00 general admission