Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative

The UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative, directed by Margot Kushel, MD, with associate director Joshua Bamberger, 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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