Homelessness Research

Researching Homelessness

On any given night, nearly 60,000 people experience homelessness in Los Angeles County, and an estimated 141,000 are homeless in any given year. Given this growing crisis, researchers are exploring the various factors that lead to homelessness and ways to predict and prevent homelessness.

Los Angeles

The California Policy Lab and the University of Chicago Poverty Lab have used Los Angeles County data on multi-system service use to predict homelessness among single adults receiving mainstream County services. By identifying people at high risk of first-time homelessness or returns to homelessness and understanding risk factors associated with future homelessness, the County can more effectively target its homelessness prevention efforts to ensure limited resources are going to those most likely to benefit from them. Learn more here.


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