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...
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Research Network May 2024
Centre for Homelessness Impact
May 22, 2024
The Centre for Homelessness Impact May 2024 Research Network Meeting features presentations from Margot Kushel, MD, director of the Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative, Beth Watts-Cobbe, PhD, ...
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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 California Statewide Study of People Experiencing Homelessness Lived Expertise Advisory Board co-chairs, highlights the need for compassion and innovation to...
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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The Rising Tide: Bear Witness to Families Swept into Homelessness
The Fulcrum
April 29, 2024
In this op-ed, Claudine Sipili, one of the California Statewide Study of People Experiencing Homelessness Lived Expertise Advisory Board co-chairs, highlights the intensifying homelessness crisis impa...
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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 ...
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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...
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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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