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 2017

The State of Homelessness in America 2017 is the seventh in 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

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, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania

Samantha Batko
National Alliance to End Homelessness
Homelessness Research Institute

Martha R. Burt, Ph.D
Urban Institute

Mark Courtney, Ph.D.
University of Chicago

Mary K. Cunningham
Urban Institute

Jill Khadduri, Ph.D.
Abt Associates

Stefan Kertesz, M.D., M.Sc.
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Norweeta Milburn, Ph.D.
University of California – Los Angeles

Brendan O’Flaherty, Ph.D.
Columbia University

Deborah Padgett, Ph.D.
New York University

James Riccio, Ph.D.

Debra Rog, Ph.D.

Judith Samuels, Ph.D.
New York University

Mary Beth Shinn, Ph.D
Vanderbilt Peabody College of Education and Human Development

Paul Toro, Ph.D
Wayne State University, Department of Psychology

Suzanne Wenzel, Ph.D.
University of Southern California