Graduate Colloquium: "Modeling Rates of Chronic Homelessness"

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 3:30pm
Meyerson Hall, Room G-12, at Penn's Institute for Urban Research

Author: Tom Byrne, PhD student in SP2

Discussant: Penn Professor John Landis, Crossways Professor of City and Regional Planning 

Meyerson Hall, Room G-12, at Penn's Institute for Urban Research. Light refreshments will be served.

According to recent estimates, on any given night in the United States, roughly 650,000 persons are homeless. Among those, approximately 110,000 are persons experiencing chronic, or long-term homelessness. While policymaking efforts to end chronic homelessness through permanent supportive housing have been successful, rates of chronic homelessness still fluctuate widely from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and there is a serious lack of information about community level determinants. Tom Byrne's study addresses the gap in the literature by using modeling inter-community variation in the rates of chronic homelessness. In doing so, the study provides evidence that can be used to inform efforts to end chronic homelessness.