What UCSF’s Statewide Homelessness Study Found out About the Causes of California’s Crisis
KQED Forum •
July 12, 2023
It’s a common belief about homeless people in California: they move here from other places because of the state’s tolerance, mild weather, and generous services. But according to a recent UCSF study, at least 90% of those experiencing homelessness lived in California before losing their housing and 75% are in the same county they used to live in. In the largest study of its kind in nearly three decades, researchers talked to thousands of participants about their experiences to find out what factors pushed them over the edge into homelessness. The real story, researchers found, has more to do with the state’s poverty, inequality, and high housing costs. Talking about the study findings, UCSF BHHI Director and study author Margot Kushel, MD, and BHHI LEAB representatives, Jesica Giannola and Robynne Rose-Haymer, were guests on KQED Forum's ongoing series about homelessness in the Bay Area.