Holy and Homeless: Exploring the Relationship Between Homeless Shelters and Religion

Type of Work


Publication Date

Winter 2-6-2021


The relationship between religion and homelessness is an old and tumultuous one. This podcast mini-series by Abigail Moone '23 explores the relationship that several institutions in Utica, NY have to homelessness and religion. The first episode is a brief history of homelessness in the United States, including some often untold narratives and general information and vocabulary. Episode two interviews two homeless shelters and their relationship to religion, and how this impacts their work. The final episode interviews a local rabbi and imam, talking about their relationship to their community and how they engage with people experiencing homelessness.

Hamilton Areas of Study

Religious Studies

Hamilton Sponsoring Organization

Levitt Public Affairs Center

Hamilton Scholarship Series

Levitt Winter Research Fellowship

Hamilton Faculty Advisor

Jeff McArn