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Tent Cities in Silicon Valley: Talk at Santa Clara University

February 27, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Homeless encampments: practices, contexts, policies

A presentation by Christopher Herring
California Room, Benson Center, Santa Clara University

Over the past 15 years US cities have witnessed a resurgence of large durable homeless encampments, commonly called tent cities. While the policies leading to the emergence of homeless tent cities are largely similar across localities, the actions taken by communities and local governments in response to their persistence have varied widely, from contestation, toleration, and legalization. Drawing on interviews with city officials, homeless advocates, service providers, and homeless campers in over a dozen west-coast municipalities with tent cities, this talk will explain the roots and implications of homeless tent cities and provide lessons for Silicon Valley as it copes with its own homeless encampments.

Chris Herring is a doctoral candidate of Sociology at the University of California Berkeley. His research focuses on the production and regulation of poverty and housing in US cities. Chris’ work has been featured in academic and popular publications of sociology, geography, anthropology, social movements, film, planning, architecture, community-based research, and urban studies. His research, writing, and teaching embraces the ideals of public sociology and he has collaborated with the National Coalition on Homelessness, San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness, Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, and Western Regional Advocacy Project in conducting research and community organizing efforts. His work can be found at chrisherring.org.

Free and Open to the public

This event is sponsored by SCU’s Religious Studies Department, Public Health Program, Ignatian Center, and Unity RLC.

In compliance with ADA/504, please direct accommodation requests to the Religious Studies Department at 408-554-4547 or by e-mail to vgonzalez@scu.edu

Questions?: e-mail Prof. Philip Boo Riley, priley@scu.edu.

Philip Boo Riley
Religious Studies
Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, CA 95053
Kenna Hall 300B


February 27, 2019
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm