Coming to Terms with Housing and Homelessness in Rural Places with Elizabeth Carpenter-Song, Ph.D

Season #5

In the second episode in our fifth series "Coming to Terms with Housing and Homelessness,โ€ Michelle talks with Elizabeth Carpenter-Song, Ph.D. Elizabeth is a medical and psychological anthropologist at Dartmouth College, and author of the book Families on the Edge: Experiences of Homelessness and Care in Rural New England. Her research strives to center the lived experiences of rural community members marginalized by poverty, housing insecurity, mental illness, and substance use.

During this conversation, Elizabeth and Michelle discuss how rural homelessness and housing security has historically been hidden from a research perspective, the fear and stigma associated with rural homelessness, as well as barriers to accessing resources, healthcare, and programs.

Elizabeth shares the motivation of writing her book focused on rural homelessness in rural New England, insights into life for families and parenting in rural homeless shelters, and observations for how rural families endured poverty and rural homelessness. Michelle and Elizabeth end the discussion focusing on how we can humanize how we think about housing insecurity and homelessness, how listeners can educate themselves, and impact change at a local level to create opportunities for rural families to thrive.