Inside homelessness

Violet Fox, BS ’19 Humanities Undergraduate Research Fellow Photo credit: Charlie Litchfield

Violet Fox, BS ’19
Humanities Undergraduate Research Fellow
Photo credit: Charlie Litchfield

An anthropology major’s honors thesis provides a rare glimpse into the day-to-day lives of homeless women ages 20 to 70.

“Most are absolutely trying their hardest to get out of homelessness,” says Violet Fox, whose ability to spend eight months in close contact with the women was made possible by support from a UO Humanities Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

One of her biggest findings: Women face different obstacles than men in the process of both losing and finding housing. “These differences need to be better accounted for by organizations that aim to help them,” she says.

Now Fox is prepping her thesis for publication in an academic journal while working and saving up for graduate school. She hopes to continue her research on homelessness.

“They are our friends, our neighbors, our mothers, our sisters, our daughters,” she says. “Their tenacity, vibrancy, humor, and resilience inspire me.”

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