Homelessness

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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.

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

    Report

    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.

  • Officer Jose Ibarra and clinical therapist Cynthia Ferreiro (far left) assist a man in Indio, California, photo courtesy of Indio Police Department

    Essay

    Rethinking How Police Respond to Homelessness

    Mar 4, 2021

    Around one-fifth of people experiencing homelessness have a severe mental health disorder. Almost as many have a substance-use disorder. Police need better policies and community partnerships to help make their response to homelessness safer, more humane, and more effective.

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    Journal Article

    Childhood Risk Factors for Homelessness Among Homeless Adults

    Using data from the Course of Homelessness Study and secondary data on the general population, the authors of this article report that problems that homeless individuals experience as adults have very clear analogs in their childhood.

    Jan 1, 1995

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    Journal Article

    Barriers to Medical Care for Homeless Families Compared with Housed Poor Families

    The authors selected a systematic sample of homeless families and housed poor families from the same geographic regions of Los Angeles.

    Jan 1, 1991

  • Journal Article

    Journal Article

    Alcoholism Among Homeless Adults in the Inner City of Los Angeles

    Both lifetime and current prevalence of alcoholism (as measured by the NIMH Diagnostic Interview Schedule) was higher among homeless individuals.

    Jan 1, 1988

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    J. Scott Ashwood

    Policy Researcher; Professor Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in public policy and management, Carnegie Mellon University; M.A. in political science, University of Rochester

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    Mallika Bhandarkar

    Policy Analyst
    Education M.P.H. in health promotion, Columbia University; B.A. in anthropology; minor in biology, Boston University

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    Marylou Gilbert

    Senior Policy Analyst and Coordinator, RAND Center for Housing and Homelessness in Los Angeles; Program Manager, Pardee RAND Community-Partnered Policy and Action Stream
    Education J.D., UCLA School of Law; M.A. in Latin American studies and public health, University of California, Los Angeles; B.A. in social welfare and Chicano studies, University of California, Berkeley

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    Sarah B. Hunter

    Director, RAND Center on Housing and Homelessness in Los Angeles; Senior Behavioral and Social Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in social psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara; M.A. in social psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara; B.A. in psychology, New York University

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    David P. Kennedy

    Senior Behavioral / Social Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in cultural anthropology, University of Florida; M.A. in cultural anthropology, University of Florida; B.A. in cultural athropology & computer applications, University of Notre Dame

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    Paul Koegel

    Associate Director, RAND Health Care; Senior Behavioral & Social Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles

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    Jonah Kushner

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.P.P., The University of Chicago; B.A. in political science, Reed College

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    Samantha Matthews

    Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School, and Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND
    Education M.P.A., University of Pennsylvania; B.A. in political science, communication, University of Pennsylvania

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    Ryan K. McBain

    Policy Researcher; Professor of Policy Analysis
    Education Ph.D. in public health, Harvard University; M.P.H. in public health, Harvard University; B.A. in psychology, Oxford University; B.A. in psychology, Gordon College

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    Alina I. Palimaru

    Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in health policy, UC Los Angeles; M.P.P. in public policy, American University; B.A. in history, Drexel University

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    Adam Scherling

    Statistical Analyst
    Education M.S. in statistics, UC Los Angeles; B.A. in economics, Carleton College

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    Amy L. Shearer

    Behavioral Scientist
    Education PhD in applied social and community psychology, Portland State University

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    Alex Sizemore

    Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School, and Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND
    Education M.Pl. in urban planning, University of Southern California; M.A. in curatorial studies in the public realm, University of Southern California; B.A. in art history, University of California, Berkeley