Turning evidence into action to prevent and end homelessness 

The UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative (BHHI) provides accurate, timely, policy-oriented research about homelessness for local, state, and national policymakers and practitioners.

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181,000+
Californians experience homelessness daily
68%
of homeless Californians are unsheltered
7,754
people experiencing homelessness in San Francisco
21%
of homeless people across the US are older than 55
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Towards a New Understanding

Groundbreaking BHHI Study

The California Statewide Study of People Experiencing Homelessness

The UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative (BHHI) has released the largest representative study of homelessness in the United States since the mid-1990s, providing a comprehensive look at the causes and consequences of homelessness in California and recommending policy changes to shape programs in response. 

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New Special Report

Toward Dignity: Understanding Older Adult Homelessness

This report reviews who experiences homelessness in late life, what precipitated their homelessness, their experiences during homelessness, and what impacted their return to permanent housing. These findings highlight the urgent need for evidence-based solutions and policy interventions to address the unique challenges faced by older adults experiencing homelessness.

Latest Op-Eds

Opinion
Opinion
A Different Kind of Gender War: Period Poverty During Conflict
Visible
May 28, 2024
In this op-ed, Alma Yates, MSW, the Education Program Manager at the Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative, and Lourdes Johanna Avelar Portillo, PhD, an alumni postdoctoral fellow with the Benio...
Opinion
The Government Must do More for Older Americans Facing Homelessness
The Fulcrum
May 22, 2024
In this op-ed, Tom Murphy, the Senior Director of Communications for the National Alliance to End Homelessness, and Yolanda Stevens, program and policy analyst for the National Alliance to End Homeles...
Opinion
Why Criminalizing Homelessness Won’t Solve It, and What Policymakers Should Do Instead
Local News Matters
May 15, 2024
In this op-ed, Claudine Sipili, one of the Lived Expertise Advisory Board co-chairs, highlights the need for compassion and innovation to the growing homelessness crisis. She outlines the devastating ...

Webinars

Videos
Webinar: Doing Research Together: The Nuts and Bolts of Doing Collaborative Research with Lived Experts
April 17, 2024
Are you a researcher who wants to include people with lived experience in your research? Are you an organization that wants to authentically involve community members in your program development or ev...
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Webinar: Black Californians’ Experiences of Homelessness: Findings from CASPEH
February 21, 2024
Black Californians are nearly four times more likely than White Californians to experience homelessness. This webinar is about the causes and consequences of homelessness for Black Californians. Kara ...
Videos
Webinar: Intimate Partner Violence & Homelessness: Findings from CASPEH
January 17, 2024
Domestic violence, frequently referred to as intimate partner violence (IPV), is a common precipitant of homelessness. This webinar is about the intersection of intimate partner violence and homelessn...

"There is no medicine as powerful as housing."

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Margot Kushel, MD
Director, UCSF Benioff Homelessness & Housing Initiative

"The gravest threats to health are due to poverty, discrimination, and particularly homelessness. Here at UCSF, many dedicated researchers have devoted their careers to addressing these health inequities. The Benioffs’ continued leadership on these issues, exemplified by this generous gift, will further energize our efforts, and strengthen our links to communities in need at the local, state and national levels."

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Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Chancellor, University of California, San Francisco

"The world needs a North Star for truth on homelessness. The UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative will be that North Star, providing the latest research, data, and evidence-based solutions to ensure we’re investing in programs that will help solve the homelessness crisis."

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Marc Benioff
Marc Benioff