Homeless Populations


People who lack a regular dwelling or nighttime residence are often referred to as homeless or "unhoused." RAND research on homeless adult and youth populations explores the nexus between their economic status and their mental and physical health, drug use, and potential for other high-risk behaviors.

  • Report

    Unhoused Population Increased by 18 Percent in Three Hot-Spot L.A. Neighborhoods

    RAND conducted a yearlong count of people experiencing unsheltered homelessness in three high-priority neighborhoods in Los Angeles. These populations rose by an average of 18 percent over the period, despite encampment cleanups and other events.

    Jan 26, 2023

  • Essay

    The Lives of Veterans Experiencing Homelessness

    The United States pledged in 2009 to end veteran homelessness. The numbers have fallen by nearly half since then, but there are still more than 37,000 veterans living in their cars, in temporary shelters, or in makeshift camps. Researchers followed 26 of them for one year to see how they live and what keeps them on the streets.

    Feb 25, 2022

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