About Us

Evidence-Based Solutions

Academic research, policy, and practice expertise

The Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative strives to prevent and end homelessness by conducting impact-oriented research and translating evidence into action.

To reduce the number of people experiencing homelessness, BHHI conducts rigorous research to create effective, equitable, and evidence-based solutions. Our studies develop in dialogue with communities to have a direct impact on issues they face. Evidence informs decision makers and practitioners about effective homelessness and housing policies, innovative strategies, and scalable solutions to create healthier communities in the San Francisco Bay Area, the state of California, and across the United States. 

Combining the latest academic research with the expertise of UCSF faculty, BHHI staff, community stakeholders, and national partners, BHHI is a trusted, non-partisan source of timely information to shape the most effective policies and practices in housing and homelessness. We rely on the voices of people experiencing homelessness and incorporates their perspectives into critical aspects of research, program design, analysis, and policy recommendations.