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Center for Homelessness, Housing and Health Equity Research

What Do We Do?

The Center for Homelessness, Housing, and Health Equity Research (H3E) at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work conducts research to promote the discovery and dissemination of evidence-based solutions to reduce homelessness and health disparities.

H3E research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI) and philanthropic individuals and organizations including the Hilton Foundation, and the Epstein Family Foundation. H3E also partners with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) to conduct the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count annually, which is the largest unsheltered homeless count in the United States.

In addition to its robust research portfolio, H3E also supports a training program tied to its research including the school's Ending Homelessness Graduate Certificate, and a collaboration across Los Angeles-based social work programs known as the MSW Homeless Services & Supportive Housing Internship Placement Program that is implemented in collaboration with the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH).


H3E Research Projects

Our Research

Much of the Center’s research focuses on housing interventions that use a housing first approach. This includes several large-scale studies that attempt to understand how housing interventions can serve as a social determination of health. Our research also includes a focus on interventions and is committed to better understanding how racism and inequality drives homelessness and how best to intervene.