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Benjamin Henwood, PhD

Associate Professor

University of Southern California

Deborah Padgett, PhD


New York University


Over the past five years, End Homelessness Grand Challenge network members

and their colleagues have:

• Advocated for Maryland's Ending Youth

Homelessness Act, which creates a grant

program to fund housing and supportive

services for unaccompanied homeless youth

and those at risk of homelessness and against

HUD's Making Affordable Housing Work Act

• Compiled a series of essays on homelessness

by policy experts. Published in advance of

the 2020 election to inform candidates of

possible solutions to the U.S. housing crisis,

the authors call for:

1. Expanding investment in affordable


2. Supporting rapid re-housing and timelimited rental assistance

3. Shifting funds from transitional

emergency programs to rental vouchers

and permanent supportive housing

4. Designing homeless services around

the principles of Housing First

• Published a chapter, "Homelessness in Los

Angeles and New York City: A Tale of Two

Cities," and a book, "Housing First: Ending

Homelessness, Transforming Systems and

Changing Lives"

• Presented widely on the subject, including

at the University of Denver's Science for Action

series, where Benjamin Henwood delivered

the keynote address, "Shouldn't Ending

Homelessness be the Easy Part?" and at the

National Symposium on Solutions to End

Youth Homelessness, where Deborah Padgett

led a session on  "Implementing Community

Driven Research and Evaluation in Youth


• Testified in lawsuits aiming to improve

homeless services and reduce police

harassment in Miami, Los Angeles, and

Washington, DC

• Developed a curricular guide for teachers

and students of social work around ending

homelessness with the National Center

for Excellence in Homeless Services and the

Council on Social Work Education

• Conducted a research survey with the

National Center for Excellence in Homeless

Services to identify ongoing research

and interested faculty, and to connect

researchers across institutions

• Spoken out against myths of homelessness

surrounding crime, substance use, and

service resistance in such outlets as Radio

Health Journal and The New York Times

• Contributed to a special edition of the

Journal of Social Work Education, featuring

13 articles on how various social work

programs are updating their pedagogy in line

with the movement to end homelessness

• Participated in the Los Angeles Homeless

Count, which directed $110 million in HUD

funding to the county in 2018

• Responded to COVID -19 by commenting on

and researching the implications of the

pandemic for homelessness and the housing

crisis more generally


Over the next five years, network members are committed to continuing to advocate

for the recommendations outlined in the original policy brief and expanded upon in

End Homelessness: Policy Proposals for the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election, including:

• Expand access to housing subsidies, including Housing Choice Vouchers

• Ensure that evidence-based psychosocial interventions accompany housing assistance

• Develop and evaluate housing-led interventions for specific populations including youth,

older people, and veterans

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