Week 7

homeless industrial complex

Key Questions

  • What is the homeless industrial complex? How do an array of public-private institutions manage homeless people?

  • How do housing and homelessness act as sites of criminalization, control, and paternalism? What does this reveal about the nature of housing under contemporary welfare?

  • How do certain purported solutions to homelessness reinforce its reproduction?

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Supplementary Materials:


View the prohibited conduct chart from the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty below. What are the ways in which your city attempts to criminalize homelessness? How do these ordinances seek to banish or exclude homeless people from public spaces?