The faculty at the University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, one of the National Center’s regional hub schools, continue to make significant contributions to the field of homelessness research. In September, the Homelessness Policy Research Institute at USC held a research symposium on the impact of permanent supportive housing on health outcomes for people experiencing chronic homelessness. The symposium’s program was built around a recent report from the National Academy of Sciences, which was co-authored by Dr. Suzanne Wenzel, a professor of social work at USC. Dr. Wenzel presented findings and implications from the report at the research symposium. The key takeaways include the following:
- PSH is effective in keeping people stably and safely housed and has great potential for reducing the number of people experiencing chronic homelessness and improving their health outcomes;
- Existing data is too limited to demonstrate definitively that PSH contributes to improved health outcomes; and
- There is a need for more well-designed, high quality research studies to more clearly define the impact of PSH on health outcomes.
You can view highlights of the symposium below or watch a recording of the entire event here.