Why some people of color say they won’t wear homemade masks

USC Researcher Robynn Cox was recently quoted in a CNN article about the danger of racial profiling in this new world of homemade protective masks. The CDC’s mask guidance is an example of heterogeneous effects, said Robynn Cox, an assistant professor in the University of …

Trauma and Resiliency Informed Care and Homelessness

by Laura Hernandez, MSW and Brenda Wiewel, DSW Traumatic stress occurs when an individual experiences an event, series of events, or set of circumstances that are so physically or emotionally challenging, harmful or threatening that they overwhelm the available internal and/or external resources and interfere …

College Student Hunger and Homelessness: The Latest Data

by Matthew Lee A new report from the Hope Center, released this year, details data collected in the last five years from 227 institutions and 330,000 students.  It notes that 39% of respondents reported experiencing food insecurity in the last 30 days, 46% of respondents identified housing insecurity in the last year, and …

Autism and Homelessness Toolkit

According to recently released research: 1.1% of the general population is on the autism spectrum. 12.3% of the homeless population is on the autism spectrum. Take a look at this exceptional Autism and Homelessness Toolkit that includes a quick screening tool to help determine whether someone might …

A Unique Approach to Reporting on Homelessness

by Matthew Lee Gabriel Kahn, a Professor of Professional Practice at the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism created a report that illuminates some interesting trends around homelessness with the help of USC Viterbi School of Engineering students.  They discovered that affluent neighborhoods with …

NBC4 on USC’s New Homeless Advocacy Class

The USC Initiative to Eliminate Homelessness works to expand student knowledge and involvement. This is one of our projects to build workforce professional expertise to ensure effective legal advocacy for people experiencing homelessness. Click the image to watch the NBC4 news coverage of Gould School …

Could A.I. Help Get Homeless Youth Off the Streets?

In Hollywood, nestled between a strip mall and a recording studio where bands like the Rolling Stones have recorded, the residents of a small homeless encampment greet passers by with a friendly “Hi, hello, how are you doing?” Some people respond in kind; others seem …

Connecting Skid Row

This is a community-engaged research initiative to understand how people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County use digital technologies. People experiencing homelessness are often socially marginalized and denied access to technology resources. Yet they find ways to use communication technologies such as smartphones and the …

USC Initiative to Eliminate Homelessness Research Brief

The Crisis of Unsheltered Older Adults in Los Angeles County: Findings and Recommendations Based on the 2017-2018 Homeless Count From 2017-2018, the annual point-in-time homeless count in Los Angeles County (LAC) indicated that there was a 21% increase in persons 62 and older. This increase …

We Must Address Trauma

It has been noted by researchers and highlighted by the federal government on the SAMHA website, that trauma plays a significant role in the lives of people who become and remain homeless. Many have experienced violence or abuse personally or witnessed it around them in their …

POSC 395 Research Project Spring 2018

In the POSC 395 California Policy Research Internship, students work collaboratively with community partners to develop policy solutions to real world challenges. This spring 2018 semester, in partnership with the Office of Los Angeles Councilmember Paul Krekorian, Unruh Institute research interns evaluated the current homelessness crisis in Los …

Transitions to Housing Study

(USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, April 10, 2018) Suzanne Wenzel, Harmony Rhoades, Ben Henwood, and Eric Rice recently conducted a study to understand the changes that homeless adults in Los Angeles experience as they enter and live in permanent supportive housing (PSH). They interviewed …