Homelessness and the Brain

NW Noggin is currently collaborating with P:ear on a proposed public event this fall to address the issue of affordable housing and the brain.  We aim to bring together graduate students from PSU, OHSU and other area institutions studying sleep, anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, drugs, adolescent brain development and other relevant topics, along with data, artwork and testimony from valuable members of our community without a home, to illuminate the links between homelessness and the brain…

In 2017, 4177 people in Portland have no permanent home, according to the latest biennial Point in Time count of those living on the streets or in temporary shelters.  This is a 10% increase over the last count of individuals without housing, in 2015, when 3800 people in Portland had no stable place to sleep.

LEARN MORE:  2017 Point in Time Count

LEARN MORE:  Portland’s Homeless Population Is Up 10 Percent, but Fewer People Are Unsheltered

How does not having a safe place to rest your head impact your brain? How does the lack of sleep, chronic stress, inadequate nutrition and social isolation undermine physical and mental health? What does current brain research suggest about why sleep, nutrition and social support are so critical for wellness? How should scientific discovery inform public policy around the issue of affordable housing?

Discover research on the foundational importance of a safe, secure place to call home in our community, meet and learn from clinicians attempting to address these concerns, those with lived experience through art, testimony, and other forms of creative expression – and hold some real human brains!

What steps can we take, individually and collectively, to make things better?

“There is a lot that happens around the world we cannot control. We cannot stop earthquakes, we cannot prevent droughts, and we cannot prevent all conflict, but when we know where the hungry, the homeless and the sick exist, then we can help.”  – Representative Jan Schakowsky, member of House Neuroscience caucus

PROPOSAL SLIDES:  Homelessness and the Brain 2017 (pdf)

More details to come  –  please contact griesar@pdx.edu and jleake@pdx.edu
June 20:  
Homelessness + Brain @ p:ear;
See what we did Day One:  In an old Tri-Met bus on a landfill…

June 27:  Homelessness + Brain @ p:ear

For more information on NW Noggin at P:ear, click on the link below…

Noggin @ P:ear

Mitch Fennimore, PSU
Allie Clark, PSU
Brittany Alperin, OHSU
Scott Jones, OHSU
Holly D’Andrea, WSUV
Katricia Stewart, PSU
Jennifer Teachworth, PSU
Gaile Parker, PSU
Kim Engeln, OHSU
Greg Townsley, PSU
Larry Martinez, PSU
Jessica Patching-Bunch, PSU
Emily Weiss, PSU
Gil Brady, PSU
Lizzy Tremaine, PSU
Sam Carpenter, OHSU
Kris Thomason, OHSU

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