The following study was conducted by The University of California, San Francisco Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative (BHHI). Providing comprehensive insight into the causes and consequences of homelessness, The California Study of People Experiencing Homelessness (CASPEH) is the largest representative study of homelessness in the United States since the mid-1990s.

365 interviews were conducted in English and Spanish and nearly 3,200 administered questionnaires.

Through in-depth interviews of a representative sample of adults experiencing homelessness throughout the state of California, the report explores firsthand the reasons and experiences of homelessness to shape programs and policy responses to the homelessness crisis. CASPEH consists of 5 chapters which breakdown the study results and analyzes the characteristics and experiences of adults experiencing homelessness, the precipitants of homelessness, the barriers and facilitators to exiting homelessness, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on homelessness, and the opportunities to better prevent and end homelessness in California.

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Top Key Takeaways

More than 171,000 people experience homelessness daily in California, two times more than the next highest state.