Homelessness Policy Research Institute

The newly launched Homelessness Policy Research Institute convenes researchers and policymakers to help design and coordinate timely, relevant, and actionable research to end homelessness in Los Angeles County. The Homelessness Policy Research Institute is a partnership between the USC Price Center for Social Innovation and the United Way of Greater Los Angeles Home for Good Initiative.

ABOUT THE HOMELESSNESS POLICY RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Established with a leadership gift from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and support from the Home For Good Funders Collaborative, the Homelessness Policy Research Institute (HPRI) is a county-wide effort that includes over 30 scholars and policymakers coming together to convene and collaborate on research to end homelessness in Los Angeles County.  HPRI focuses on three primary activities:

  • Foster collaboration and coordination among researchers focused on homelessness in the Los Angeles region.
  • Share current and upcoming research with policymakers and community partners to inform on-the-ground work.
  • Identify research priorities and opportunities for collaboration on rapid-response policy research.

OUR VALUES

  • HRPI is dedicated to collaborative research that has a positive impact on homelessness in Los Angeles.
  • Communication among homelessness researchers is transparent and proactive.
  • Research is relevant, dynamic, actionable, and can be applied in different policy contexts.
  • Research is scientifically rigorous research and uses tools that fit rapid cycle learning.
  • Partnerships consist of mutual trust, coordination, and collaboration, not competition.
  • We are dedicated to maximizing potential for innovation and work that extends beyond the incremental stages of support.

 OUR GOALS

  • Create a research agenda that both includes relevant research questions and that is also responsive to research needs of policymakers.
  • Inform policymakers on critical issues within homelessness policies and programs, and help craft feasible timelines given the current data and policy landscape.
  • Use research to help inform public and private funding allocations (including Measure H and HHH) and to advise on course corrections for current projects.
  • Develop an open and transparent RFP process for funding homelessness research that local funders can rely on. Create a new vehicle for funding homelessness research.
  • Conduct, translate, and disseminate actionable research that is relevant to different policy contexts and that inform the general public.

OUR MEMBERS

Steering Committee 

Gary Painter, USC Price Center for Social Innovation 

Nicole Esparza, USC Price School of Public Policy

Joelle Greene, Harder and Company

Michael Nailat, United Way of Greater Los Angeles

Andy Perry, CSH

Janey Rountree, UCLA California Policy Lab

Suzanne Wenzel, USC Dworak-Peck School of Social Work 

Research Committee

Mosche Buchinksky, UCLA Department of Economics, National Bureau of Economic Research, RAND

Patrick Burns, Economic Roundtable

Dennis Culhane, University of Pennsylvania School of Public Policy and Practice 

Josh Decell, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority  

Nicole Esparza, USC Price School of Public Policy

Nichole Fiore, Abt & Associates  

Daniel Flaming, Economic Roundtable 

Katherine Gale, Focus Strategies, Katherine Gale Consulting 

Joelle Greene, Harder and Company 

Benjamin Henwood, USC Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

David Howden, CSH

Sarah Hunter, RAND Corporation

Andrea Iloulian, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation 

Chris Ko, United Way of Greater Los Angeles Home for Good  

Josh Leopold, Urban Institute 

Sarah Mahin, LAHSA 

Norweeta Milburn, UCLA Health Family Resilience Center, National Alliance to End Homelessness 

Manuel Moreno, Public Policy Analytics 

Jennifer Mosely, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration 

Michael Nailat, United Way of Greater Los Angeles

Gary Painter, USC Price Center for Social Innovation 

Andy Perry, CSH 

Bill Pitkin, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation 

Eric Rice, USC Dworak-Peck School of Social Work 

Frank Romero, United Way of Greater Los Angeles 

Janey Rountree, UCLA California Policy Lab

Sakota JuHyun, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority 

Mark Silverbrush, Abt Associates 

Max Stevens, LA County CEO’s Office

Sarah Thomas, United Way of Greater Los Angeles 

Halil Toros, Economic Roundtable 

Marc Tousignant, Enterprise Community Solutions 

Till Von Wachter, UCLA California Policy Lab 

Suzanne Wenzel, USC Dworak-Peck School of Social Work 

Andrea White, Housing Innovations

Alex Young, University of California Los Angeles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HPRI is supported by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Leadership

Gary Painter

Director, Homelessness Policy Research Institute

Janey Rountree

Associate Director, Homelessness Policy Research Institute

Michael Nailat

Home for Good Advisor

Caroline Bhalla

Price Center Liaison