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Misconceptions Surrounding Homelessness Are Stifling Progress. Here Are The Facts

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University of California, San Diego
University of California-San Diego

Originally published with Leslie Lewis in The San Diego Union-Tribune on July 18, 2023.

We all know the headlines. Homelessness is one of the biggest issues facing California. Despite new efforts and billions in funding, homelessness continues to soar.

With a problem so far-reaching in our state, you would think we would understand this crisis better. But new research shows that many common views on homelessness are unfounded stereotypes. It’s time to discard them and let the research guide us to solutions that can really make a difference.