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A Sacramento Homeless Encampment Signed a Lease with the City. The Experiment is in Jeopardy
Los Angeles Times
April 25, 2024
Safe Ground Sacramento is a nonprofit that advocates for the decriminalization of homelessness and the establishment of Safe Ground communities. In March 2023, Safe Ground Sacramento signed a lease wi...
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Mega Shelters and Camping Bans Don’t Solve a Root Cause of Homelessness: Housing Costs
Los Angeles Times
April 24, 2024
San Diego's mayor created a department in 2021 to find solutions to the homelessness crisis. The number of people experiencing homelessness in San Diego increased 35% from 2022 to 2023. City officials...
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What Cities can Learn From Bakersfield’s Brief Success Ending Chronic Homelessness
Los Angeles Times
April 23, 2024
Bakersfield focused its efforts on a specific goal in 2015, to reach functional zero chronic homelessness, and by January 2020, it hit the mark. Access to quality data was essential to knowing every p...
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California is the U.S. Capital for Homelessness. What Will it Take to Turn that Around?
Los Angeles Times
April 22, 2024
More than 181,000 Californians were unhoused in 2023, with nearly 70% living on the streets. Cities provide resources for emergency solutions, but it is not really a solution. Margot Kushel, MD, direc...
Opinion
The Streets: America’s Hidden Retirement Home
US News & World Report
April 18, 2024
In this op-ed, Margot Kushel, MD, professor of medicine and director of the Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative at UCSF, highlights that those who are often living in homeless encampments are ...
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Webinar: Doing Research Together: The Nuts and Bolts of Doing Collaborative Research with Lived Experts
April 17, 2024
Are you a researcher who wants to include people with lived experience in your research? Are you an organization that wants to authentically involve community members in your program development or ev...
Opinion
Adding Middle Eastern or North African on the U.S. Census Provides Critical Benefits | Opinion
Newsweek
April 17, 2024
In this op-ed, Ryan Assaf, PhD, MPH, a postdoctoral fellow with the Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative, highlights the benefits of adding Middle Eastern or North African to the US Census. He ...
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How Homelessness is a Public Health Crisis
Harvard Magazine
April 16, 2024
Homelessness has surged in the United States. It is a devastating public health crisis with ruinous, often permanent, effects on people’s lives.  Margot Kushel, MD, professor of medicine and director ...
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Why Homeless People are Losing Health Coverage in Medicaid Mix-ups
NPR
April 16, 2024
About 130,000 Montanans have lost Medicaid coverage as the state re-evaluates everyone's eligibility following a federally mandated pause in disenrollment that began during the COVID-19 pandemic. Peop...
Opinion
Affordable Housing is the Solution to Homelessness, Not Criminalization
The Hill
April 12, 2024
In this op-ed, Margot Kushel, MD, professor of medicine and director of the Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative at UCSF, and Gregg Colburn, Ph.D., an associate professor at the University of W...
Opinion
A Just Housing Policy Restores Dignity to People Experiencing Homelessness
The Progressive Magazine
April 8, 2024
In this op-ed, Claudine Sipili, one of the Lived Expertise Advisory Board co-chairs, calls for restoring dignity to people experiencing homelessness. She outlines the need to prioritize human worth an...
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Unhoused People Kicked Off Medicaid in Montana
Montana Public Radio
April 4, 2024
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of Americans who got their health coverage from Medicaid increased. States are now required to check that every person is still eligible for Medicaid. However,...
Opinion
California’s New Law to Force People into Drug Treatment isn’t Working. Here’s its Fatal Flaw
San Francisco Chronicle
March 30, 2024
In this op-ed, Maria Raven, MD, MPH, associate director at the Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative, outlines the issues with California's new law forcing people into drug treatment. She explai...
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Teaching Robots to Smile, and the Effects of a Rare Mandolin on a Scientist’s Career
Science
March 28, 2024
Margaret Handley, PhD, MPH, a professor in the department of epidemiology and biostatistics and medicine at the University of California San Francisco shares a letter she wrote to Science about how he...
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Why California Doesn't Know How Many People Are Dying While Homeless
KQED
March 25, 2024
More Californians have fallen into homelessness, and more have died while unhoused. However, the state’s ability to track these deaths and assess the scope of the problem hasn’t kept pace. In 2022, Ca...
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UCSF Professor Presents Homelessness Research at Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies
The Harvard Crimson
March 25, 2024
Margot Kushel, MD, director of the Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative, delivered the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies’ 23rd John T. Dunlop Lecture. After the lecture there was a panel...