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RAND research on homelessness examines the challenges leading to or arising from it. These challenges can include mental illness, economic loss, substance abuse, and deteriorating physical health and lack of access to health care.

  • Homeless encampments line the bike path on Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California, April 13, 2021, photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

    Report

    Less Than One-Third of Unhoused People in L.A. Would Accept a Group Shelter

    May 4, 2022

    The number of unsheltered people in Los Angeles is growing. In a new survey in Skid Row, Venice, and Hollywood, most reported being continuously homeless for more than three years. Half had been offered housing, but cited the intake process, desires for privacy, and safety concerns as obstacles.

  • Temporary shelters inside the Veterans Administration complex in West Los Angeles, photo by Diane Baldwin/RAND Corporation

    Essay

    The Lives of Veterans Experiencing Homelessness

    Feb 25, 2022

    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.

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