Toward Understanding Homelessness: The 2007 National Symposium on Homelessness Research. People Who Experience Long-Term Homelessness: Characteristics and Interventions. In Sum


The last decade has seen a deliberate effort to focus service innovation on the small but significant group of people who experience chronic homelessness and consume a disproportionate share of public service dollars. Innovation in services and supportive housing has outpaced research designed to establish these efforts on a strong scientific basis. However, the practice-based evidence that has emerged from these creative efforts will inform the next generation of efficacy studies in this area. Expanded federal support for research on homelessness will be required to move the field forward in the next decade.

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