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The Point-in-Time Count Is Meant to be a Snapshot of Unhoused Populations. How Clear is That Picture?
KQED Forum
May 29, 2024
The point-in-time count offers a snapshot into the scope of homelessness in different communities, but most experts agree that the methodology is inaccurate and flawed. In this forum, Sydney Johnson s...
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They Sacrificed To Care for Family and Ended Up on the Street
NPR
May 29, 2024
Becoming homeless is an extreme example of the financial squeeze on caregivers. In the early 2000's research revealed people experiencing homelessness in California were getting older. Margot Kushel, ...
Opinion
Opinion
A Different Kind of Gender War: Period Poverty During Conflict
Visible
May 28, 2024
In this op-ed, Alma Yates, MSW, the Education Program Manager at the Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative, and Lourdes Johanna Avelar Portillo, PhD, an alumni postdoctoral fellow with the Benio...
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More Older Californians Are Falling Into Homelessness. A New Study Examines Why
Los Angeles Times
May 28, 2024
Among people experiencing homelessness in California, the group rising the fastest by proportion is older adults. A recent special report released by the UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiati...
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UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative Names Marc Dones as Policy Director
Benioff Homelessness & Housing Initiative
May 28, 2024
Dr. Margot Kushel, MD, Director of the Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative (BHHI) at the University of California, San Francisco announced today that Marc Dones has joined the staff as Policy ...
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Unhoused Californians Are Getting Older, And They’re Staying Unhoused Longer
LAist
May 27, 2024
Californians experiencing homelessness are aging, presenting unique challenges.  A recent special report released by the UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative on older adult homelessness hi...
Reports
Toward Dignity: Understanding Older Adult Homelessness
May 23, 2024
To better understand the experiences of older adults experiencing homelessness, the UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative examined findings from the California Statewide Study of People Exp...
Opinion
The Government Must do More for Older Americans Facing Homelessness
The Fulcrum
May 22, 2024
In this op-ed, Tom Murphy, the Senior Director of Communications for the National Alliance to End Homelessness, and Yolanda Stevens, program and policy analyst for the National Alliance to End Homeles...
Opinion
Why Criminalizing Homelessness Won’t Solve It, and What Policymakers Should Do Instead
Local News Matters
May 15, 2024
In this op-ed, Claudine Sipili, one of the Lived Expertise Advisory Board co-chairs, highlights the need for compassion and innovation to the growing homelessness crisis. She outlines the devastating ...
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Recent Policy Reforms May Help California Domestic Violence Survivors Stay Housed
San Francisco Public Press
May 13, 2024
As of January 2024, Californian landlords accepting Section 8 vouchers or other housing subsidies may not use credit reports when screening tenant applications. This policy reform will greatly benefit...
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Boomers Own Half of U.S. Wealth. So Why Are We Seeing More Homeless Boomers?
The Wall Street Journal
May 13, 2024
Baby boomers own over 35% of all large homes in the US, and many of these older Americans are choosing to stay in their homes, exacerbating housing costs. This problem is even more apparent in Califor...
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Myths about Homeless People with Dr. Margot Kushel
Factually! with Adam Conover
May 8, 2024
On this podcast episode of Factually! with Adam Conover, Margot Kushel, MD, director of the Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative, joins host Adam Conover to discuss the findings in the Californ...
Opinion
Opinion: This Tough-on-Crime Proposal won’t Solve California Retail Theft, but it Would Crowd our Prisons
Los Angeles Times
May 7, 2024
In this op-ed, Meghan D. Morris, PhD, MPH, an associate professor at the University of California, San Francisco, explains that the proposed Homeless, Drug Addiction and Theft Reduction Act will not s...
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Our Research
Association of Homelessness with Before Medically Advised Discharge After Surgery
Science Direct
May 6, 2024
Before medically advised (BMA) discharge, which refers to patients leaving the hospital at their own discretion, is associated with higher rates of readmission and death in other settings. There is li...
Opinion
What If States Paid People to Stop Using Drugs and Smoking?
MedPage Today
May 4, 2024
In this op-ed, Maya Vijayaraghavan, MD, MAS, director of the UCSF Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, calls for contingency management to reduce tobacco and substance use. She emphasizes that the US ...
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The Homelessness Crisis & Mental Health
Call to Mind
May 1, 2024
Margot Kushel, MD, director of the UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative, joins Call to Mind host Kimberly Adams to talk about those who are more at risk of becoming homeless. People who ar...
Opinion
The Rising Tide: Bear Witness to Families Swept into Homelessness
The Fulcrum
April 29, 2024
In this op-ed, Claudine Sipili, one of the Lived Expertise Advisory Board co-chairs, highlights the intensifying homelessness crisis impact on families in the US. She writes about her own experiences,...
Opinion
Physicians Like Me Must Oppose Medical Discrimination Against Methadone Patients
Truthout
April 28, 2024
In this op-ed, Leslie W. Suen, MD, MAS, an assistant professor of medicine in the UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital, calls upon physicians to oppose medical ...