Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative

The Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative (BHHI), directed by Margot Kushel, MD, provides accurate, timely policy-oriented research about homelessness for local, state, and national policymakers and practitioners. Funded by a generous gift from Marc and Lynne Benioff and based at the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations, BHHI is a trusted source for evidence-based practice, policy, and scalable solutions—turning evidence into action to prevent and end homelessness. 

Combining the latest academic research with the expertise of UCSF faculty, BHHI staff, community stakeholders, and national partners, BHHI uses strategic science to inform perspectives, policies, and practices. Designed to address gaps in knowledge important to policy decisions, strategic science depends on the reciprocal exchange of information between researchers and policymakers or practitioners. BHHI works with our end users—communities impacted by homelessness, policymakers, and practitioners—to identify areas of concern where research could inform efforts. Where a research base already exists, we translate that research into policy and practice; where novel questions emerge, we conduct research responsive to the gap. We rely on the voices of people experiencing homelessness and incorporate their perspectives into critical aspects of research, program design, analysis, and policy recommendations. 

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