The California Statewide Survey of People Experiencing Homelessness (CASPEH), conducted by the UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative (BHHI) with financial support from UCSF BHHI, Blue Shield Foundation of California, and the California Health Care Foundation, aims to inform policies, programs, and perspectives in order to prevent and end adult homelessness in California. The CASPEH will use survey data and in-depth interviews to achieve five aims:

  1. To understand the characteristics of adults experiencing homelessness in California

  2. To characterize the immediate precipitants of homelessness

  3. To characterize people’s experiences while homeless

  4. To understand the barriers to exiting homelessness and obtaining housing

  5. To understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on homelessness.

Inspired by a request from Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly, the CSSPEH will provide data to complement, but not replicate, data from the Point-in-Time count, Homeless Management Information System, and Homeless Data Integration System.


Margot Kushel, MD 
Director, UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative and Principal Investigator 

Kara Young Ponder, PhD
Director of Community Engagement & Racial Justice, UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative