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RAISING AWARENESS OF HOMELESSNESS

by Gerry McCarthy

Seattle University

Seattle University President Fr. Stephen Sundborg remembers his initial reaction to the idea of his university hosting a homeless encampment. "There was this sudden kind of sinking in my stomach that this was a very uncomfortable suggestion," he says. "I thought maybe we would talk about homelessness, have conferences, and send our students to be engaged with homelessness. But actually hosting a homelessness encampment here felt like a political thing that was going to be controversial. That it was going to be messy."

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