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Welcome to Changing the Conversation! We discuss critical and timely topics focused on homelessness, substance use, mental health, and trauma. Our hosts interview health and human service experts, researchers, and advocates. Conversations explore how we can adapt our systems to the rapidly changing landscape of social services.

Nov 19, 2018

Amanda Andere, CEO of Funders Together to End Homelessness, joins host Jeff Olivet to discuss what is working and challenges ahead in our response to homelessness in the U.S. They share structural change strategies needed to fix systems and make homelessness rare, brief, and one time.

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May 14, 2018

Host Jeff Olivet addresses employment for homeless people with Melissa Young from Heartland Alliance. They discuss the need for quality jobs and career pathways as well as integration of homeless and workforce systems. Visit and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn for more resources to grow your...

Feb 19, 2018

Steve Berg of the National Alliance to End Homelessness joins host Jeff Olivet for an engaging conversation about preventing homelessness. They address housing policies and changes to systems that would keep people stably housed.

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Feb 5, 2018

Host Jeff Olivet talks with Claas Ehlers, Chief Executive Officer of Family Promise, about supporting families experiencing homelessness in achieving independence through community-based responses.


Organizations Mentioned

Family Promise

SchoolHouse Connection

Bassuk Center on Homeless and Vulnerable Children & Youth

Jan 8, 2018

Host Jeff Olivet talks with Sarah Rosenkrantz and Sam Greenberg, co-founders of Y2Y Harvard Square—a student-run overnight shelter for young adults experiencing homelessness. They discuss how Y2Y provides sanctuary, pathways out of homelessness, and opportunities for advocacy in a trauma-informed environment.