America’s Homeless Deserve Better Access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
The Messenger • October 3, 2023
In this op-ed, Lourdes Johanna Avelar Portillo, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow with the Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative, underscores the importance of providing access to water and sanitation services to people who are experiencing homelessness. She explains how the lack of water and other hygiene services can create added barriers among those experiencing homelessness, increasing stigmatization, as well as an increase risk in public health. Dr. Protillo writes, "the need for public access to water, sanitation and hygiene services is not just for people experiencing homelessness — it’s important to everyone."  This op-ed was published as part of the Public Voices Fellowship in partnership with The OpEd Project and funding from the California Health Care Foundation.
Homelessness is an Epidemic — Frontline Workers Need Help
The Hill • September 29, 2023
In this op-ed, Tom Murphy, the Senior Director of Communications for the National Alliance to End Homelessness, brings attention to the frontline professionals who respond to homelessness. He highlights the demanding work and economic disparity among the frontline workers who engage with unhoused individuals. "If we truly want to end homelessness, we must honor frontline workers with a living wage" Mr. Murphy writes. This op-ed was published as part of the Public Voices Fellowship in partnership with The OpEd Project and funding from the California Health Care Foundation.
World Leaders Must Do More to Sustain Refugees and Migrants
Common Dreams • September 27, 2023
In this op-ed, Alma Yates, MSW, the Education Program Manager at the Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative, implores world leaders to do more in helping migrants and asylum seekers. She highlights her own story as a former refugee from Bosnia and Herzegovina who relocated to the United States following the Bosnian War. "Thousands of displaced people were living here, mostly elderly, women and children from Prijedor. The conditions were horrific" Ms. Yates writes. "I was able to leave this place to continue my long migration journey, which had its own twists and turns, but, unfortunately, thousands of others had no place to go." This op-ed was published as part of the Public Voices Fellowship in partnership with The OpEd Project and funding from the California Health Care Foundation.
Homelessness Is a Health Care Issue
The Messenger • September 27, 2023
In this op-ed, Maria Raven, MD, MPH, associate director at the Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative, explains how homelessness is not just a housing issue, but a health care issue. She outlined the pertinent health needs of people experiencing homelessness and the barriers of treating illness against a background of homelessness. Dr. Raven writes, "The health care system in general, and emergency departments specifically, cannot solve this problem — we can only respond to its consequences." This op-ed was published as part of the Public Voices Fellowship in partnership with The OpEd Project and funding from the California Health Care Foundation.
End Generational Homelessness. Act Now For The Children's Sake | Opinion
Newsweek • September 22, 2023
In this op-ed, Cheyenne Garcia, senior research analyst at the Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative, calls for action to end generational homelessness. She characterizes the dire need for expanded funding for necessary resources, like an increase in housing choice vouchers, to end family homelessness. "As a society, it is imperative to assume an obligation to protect children." Ms. Garcia writes. This op-ed was published as part of the Public Voices Fellowship in partnership with The OpEd Project and funding from the California Health Care Foundation.
Embracing Humanity in Our Approach to Studying Homelessness
Street Sheet • August 1, 2023
The California Statewide Study on People Experiencing Homelessness researchers included people who were formerly or are currently experiencing homelessness. In this op-ed, Claudine Sipili, one of the Lived Expertise Advisory Board co-chairs, writes about the landmark study and her experience participating with the project. She writes, "Throughout the study, the board members’ guidance helped create a safe and dignified space for survey participants to share their experiences openly. By involving individuals with lived experience, we gained deeper insights into the complexities of homelessness."
Putting a Face to a Statistic: How I Became Homeless
Voice of San Diego • February 13, 2023
In this op-ed, DeForrest (DeDe) Hancock, a UCSF Benioff Homeless Housing Initiative Lived Expertise Advisory Board member, tells her story about experiencing homelessness. She writes, [when] “I was homeless, 2009 to 2016, I came to believe that we are all ordinary people simply each living out the scripts of our lives. Some of our scripts include life-challenges which provide lived experience to build the expertise and skills for survival.”
Overdose Prevention Centers Aren't a Radical Concept
Medpage Today • December 15, 2022
In this op-ed, Leslie Suen, MD, MAS, explains the value of Overdose Prevention Centers (OPC), and use of a harm reduction framework as a multi-prong strategy to combat the opioid crisis. ...
Homelessness in California Is Dire
New York Times • December 2, 2022
This opinion piece characterizes homelessness in California and discusses how people can help, including by recognizing homeless people's humanity. Margot Kushel, MD, describes how homele...