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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.

  • Christina Bojorquez and Kimberly Decoursey pitch a tent in their encampment next to a freeway in Los Angeles, California, October 14, 2019, photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

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    Unaccompanied Women Become an Official Homeless Subpopulation in LA County

    Nov 23, 2020

    Unaccompanied homeless women are more likely than other subgroups to be chronically homeless, to have mental illness, and to have work limitations. Los Angeles County is now recognizing these women as a subgroup in the official homeless count. An assessment will also be conducted to identify this group's unique needs.

  • Police continue their patrols as officials begin what they are calling a slow and methodical clean-up and removal of a large homeless encampment along the Santa Ana River Trail in Anaheim, California, January 22, 2018, photo by Mike Blake/Reuters

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    The Law Enforcement Response to Homelessness

    Aug 25, 2020

    Despite lacking the tools and resources to address the underlying causes of homelessness, police are constantly under pressure from business leaders and communities to “fix” it. Some law enforcement agencies are trying new approaches, but they need support to improve these efforts.

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