Research and Data

Homelessness Research Institute

The Homelessness Research Institute (HRI), the research and education arm of the Alliance, works to end homelessness by building and disseminating knowledge. The goals of HRI are to building the intellectual capital around solutions to homelessness; advance data and research so that policymakers, practitioners, and the caring public have the best information about trends in homelessness and emerging solutions; and engage the media to promote the proliferation of solid data and information on homelessness.

HRI produces several key publications that inform policymakers, providers and the public about homelessness in America. Select publications include:

The State of Homelessness in America

The State of Homelessness in America is a series of reports charting progress in ending homelessness in the United States. It examines trends in homelessness, populations at risk of homelessness, and homelessness assistance in America.  

A Research Agenda for Ending Homelessness

This document is intended to inform government agencies, philanthropic organizations, and other funders about outstanding research questions on homeless populations and subpopulations and interventions designed to end homelessness. The agenda does not represent an exhaustive list of unanswered questions, but instead focuses on the most pressing unanswered research questions immediately relevant to policy and program development.

Active Requests for Research Proposals

At this time, the Alliance is not soliciting any proposals for research purposes.

The Alliance’s Research Council

The Alliance’s Research Council includes the leading academics and researchers in the fields of homelessness and housing. The purpose of the council is to cultivate a stronger connection between policy and research, to explore new areas of research and to identify gaps in knowledge.


Dennis Culhane, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy

Joy Moses, JD
National Alliance to End Homelessness
Homelessness Research Institute


Samantha Batko
Urban Institute

Rebecca Brown, MD, MPH
University of Pennsylvania

Melissa Chinchilla , PhD, MCP, MSHPM
AltaMed Health Services

Gregg Colburn, PhD, MSW, MBA
University of Washington

Jill Khadduri, PhD
Abt Associates
Center for Evidence-based Solutions to Homelessness

Margot Kushel, MD
University of California, San Francisco
Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative

Norweeta Milburn, PhD
University of California, Los Angeles

Deborah Padgett, PhD, MPH
New York University

James Riccio, PhD

Eric Rice, PhD
University of Southern California
Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society

Debra Rog, PhD

Janey Rountree, JD, LLM
California Policy Lab

Jama Shelton, PhD
Hunter College, CUNY

Marybeth Shinn, PhD
Vanderbilt University

Dan Treglia, PhD, MPP
Rutgers University

Jack Tsai, PhD
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Marisa Zapata, PhD
Portland State University
Homelessness Research & Action Collaborative