Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative

The UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative, directed by Margot Kushel, MD, will strive to prevent and end homelessness by discovering, evaluating, and amplifying research-driven solutions and training the next generation of policy-driven researchers. The initiative will support what works best by building the research base on homelessness, disseminating findings broadly to bridge the evidence/practice divide, training the next generation of homelessness researchers, and advancing urgent and emerging research priorities.

Nationwide, communities are experiencing unprecedented rates of homelessness, exacting a tremendous toll on individuals, families, and communities. The problem is especially acute in California, where the majority of homeless people are unsheltered – sleeping outside or in places not meant for human habitation. We know that housing is a key social determinant of health; without adequate housing, health suffers. The UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative was established to conduct rigorous research on the causes of homelessness as well as to create effective, evidence-based solutions to reduce the number and suffering of people experiencing homelessness.

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