UCSF BHHI’s comprehensive studies center around the lived experience of people facing homelessness and housing instability and allow us to provide data-driven policy recommendations to decision-makers. 

Learn more about our most recent and current studies underway: 

Advance Care Planning in Permanent Supportive Housing

Empowering Formerly Homeless Older Adults to Engage in Advance Care Planning in Permanent Supportive Housing (ACP-PSH): A Randomized Controlled Trial. Advance care planning (ACP) prepares people to make informed medical decisions that are best for them so their wishes can be honored in the case of serious illness or at the end of life.

California Statewide Study of People Experiencing Homelessness

The UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative recently completed a new study to better understand homelessness across the state of California.

Statewide Homelessness Assessment: A Research Series Addressing Homelessness in California

As California’s homelessness crisis has continued to grow, so has the range and scale of efforts to address it. To understand these efforts in greater depth and inform their ongoing implementation, the UC Berkeley Terner Center, UCSF’s Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative (BHHI), and Abt Associates collaborated on a research


Health Outcomes of People Experiencing Homelessness in Older Middle Age (HOPE HOME) Since 2013, Dr. Margot Kushel has led the Health Outcomes of People Experiencing Homelessness in Older Middle Age (HOPE HOME) project, an NIA-funded longitudinal study involving hundreds of older adults (age 50 and older) experiencing homelessness. Based in

Shallow Subsidies

UCSF BHHI is leading the way in California when it comes to the implementation of shallow subsidies to prevent homelessness and housing insecurity. This longitudinal study aims to determine the impact of shallow subsidies on housing stability and homelessness prevention.

Guaranteed Income

In collaboration with community partners in the Bay Area, UCSF BHHI is conducting research and evaluation projects about the impact of guaranteed income on homelessness.

Home Safe

BHHI evaluated the Home Safe program following a request by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS).


The COORDINATE Home (CrOss-sectOR Data INtegrAtion To End HOMElessness) team analyzes San Francisco’s Coordinated Case Management System (CCMS) to evaluate policy-relevant questions. CCMS links data on the use of the homeless, public health, substance use and mental health systems, jail, and ambulances.

Vehicular Homelessness

The COVID-19-Oriented Resident of Oversized Vehicle Assessment (COROVA) report consists of 48 in-depth qualitative interviews with people who live in oversized vehicles, such as RVs or school buses, to understand their housing and service needs.