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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.

  • Encampment of tents with American flags in Los Angeles, photo by Bethany/Adobe Stock

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    Expanding Outreach Services Could Help Veterans Find Stable Housing

    Nov 11, 2021

    Only three in a group of 26 unhoused veterans in Los Angeles were able to obtain permanent housing even though they lived near a major VA service center. The housing options available did not meet their desire for autonomy, safety, security, and privacy. Tailoring services to veterans' needs could help.

  • A woman uses a cell phone on downtown Los Angeles' Skid Row, March 6, 2013, photo  by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

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    Access to Mobile Technology Could Help with Homelessness

    Sep 16, 2020

    The vast majority of people experiencing homelessness have cell phones, which often serve as their lifelines. Providing technological supports, such as Wi-Fi access and opportunities to charge devices, could result in better access to social services and, ultimately, better quality of life and outcomes.

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