What makes a home?

Join us for a lunch discussion with Greg Kloehn of the Homeless Homes Project as we explore issues of homelessness, affordable housing, and equitable sustainability in the Bay Area.

On Saturday April 23, 2016 Hammarskjold House, Program on Urban Studies, and Human Cities Initiative will host a pallet home building workshop with Greg Kloehn. Everyone is welcome to join the lunch discussion as we explore issues of homelessness, lack of affordable housing, and pathways towards equitable sustainability in the Bay Area through an urban planning and design lens.  Please RSVP for lunch here.

6,556 homeless individuals were counted in Santa Clara County in 2015

71% of homeless citizens were unsheltered in 2015, among the highest rates in the country

The median home value in Santa Clara County is $950,000.

The Santa Clara County median income is $93,500.

"Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control."

— Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 25), United Nations

"Extreme poverty is often concentrated in urban spaces, and national and city governments struggle to accommodate the rising population in these areas. Making cities safe and sustainable means ensuring access to safe and affordable housing, and upgrading slum settlements. It also involves investment in public transport, creating green public spaces, and improving urban planning and management in a way that is both participatory and inclusive." 

  • By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums
  • By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons

— Sustainable Development Goals #11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, United Nations


Register here for lunch and confirm your spot. If you are interested in learning more about future workshops such as this one, please join the Human Cities Initiative mailing list to stay in touch.


If you have further questions, please e-mail deland (at) stanford (dot) edu