Spring 2017

Document Type

Poster Session


Social Work


Professor Gerstenblatt


The purpose of this study is to gain deeper understanding of the experiences of homeless asylum seeking individuals who were temporarily housed by families in the greater Portland area. In response to the need for housing for asylum seeking families, three local churches founded a housing initiative in 2016 to provide temporary housing and other assistance when the beds were full at the local family shelter. While literature pertaining to the role of faith-based organizations in helping displaced persons is abundant, few studies focus on the experiences of those hosted by faith-based organizations while seeking asylum. The current study seeks to gain understanding of this phenomenon from the perspective of those offered hospitality through this faith-based initiative.

Start Date

April 2017

Included in

Social Work Commons



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