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The dramatic housing shortage in California affects millions of residents and leads thousands to homelessness. The 2024 Arthur N. Rupe Great Debate will address this issue by asking, “Is Housing a Human Right?” If so, our state faces a massive undertaking. Experts with diverse specialties and experiences will wrestle with some of our biggest challenges. How, for example, can we build low and moderate income housing when construction costs are high and community opposition is often present? How can people experiencing homelessness be moved to shelter and housing? The event will include an audience Q&A.


Andy Bales
Former President and CEO, Union Rescue Mission
David Garcia
Policy Director, Terner Center for Housing Innovation, University of California, Berkeley
Rasheedah Phillips
Director of Housing, PolicyLink
Eric Tars
Senior Policy Director, National Homelessness Law Center
Moderator: Larry Mantle
Host of AirTalk with Larry Mantle on NPR member station LAist 89.3

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 | 7:30 PM
UCSB Campbell Hall
Doors open at 7 PM

The event is free and open to the public
Paid parking is available on site

The Arthur N. Rupe Great Debate Series is presented by the UC Santa Barbara College of Letters and Science and co-presented by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center and Arts & Lectures

Free to attend; visit the IHC event page for more information: bit.ly/Rupe-IHC

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