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 …

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 …

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 …

Aging Within the Homeless Population

(USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, April 10, 2018) More than 280,000 Americans currently live in permanent supportive housing (PSH), and nearly half of those residents are over 50. As more Americans move into PSH, there is an increasing need to address aging in place. …

USC fights increasing LA homelessness across multiple disciplines

(Daily Trojan, January 18, 2018) Nearly 58,000 people are homeless on any given night in Los Angeles County, according to the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority’s 2017 data report. As homelessness in Los Angeles reaches an all-time high, the University community, in its second year of …

USC’s D-Health Lab Works on Homelessness

One of USC’s best kept secrets is a group which weds technology and science to real world solutions. USC’s D-Health Lab, a collaboration between the Viterbi School of Engineering and the Keck School of Medicine, has been working in the last year to make strides …

Exploring ‘Wild’ Ideas on Ending Homelessness

(USC Dworak-Peck, April 25, 2017) Tech, hackathons, housing and empathy were among the approaches to homelessness discussed Wednesday at an event that included service providers, law enforcement officers, community leaders and people who have been homeless. “We have the best playing field we’ve ever had to …