Background

Homelessness Is a Complex Issue With a Proven Solution: Housing

Nationwide, homelessness exacts a tremendous toll on individuals, families, and communities. The problem is especially acute in California, where the majority of people experiencing homelessness are unsheltered—sleeping outside or in places not meant for human habitation. Housing is a key social determinant of health: without adequate housing, health suffers. 

Homelessness is the result of decades of public policy decisions and structural inequities that have caused skyrocketing housing costs, a significant lack of extremely low-income affordable housing, stagnant wages, and inadequate access to health care. As a result of the long history of structural and racial inequities in America, homelessness disproportionately impacts people of color.  

Across the country and particularly in California, people of color are dramatically overrepresented among those experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity. BHHI aims to create more equitable solutions and approaches that respond to the needs of people of color experiencing homelessness.