The USICH National Research Agenda outlines priority areas where they believe Federal, local, and private investments should be made in additional research.
A robust research base enables the furthering of best practices for all those working to end homelessness, and is a key element in changing the way our nation takes action. Setting forth a National Research Agenda, USICH hopes to catalyze researchers, policy professionals, and national, state, and local leaders to improve how we respond to the crisis of homelessness.
Their agenda is informed by an extensive review of published studies and research currently underway, as well as key policy areas such as the Federal Framework for Ending Youth Homelessness, the transition from a shelter-based homeless system to a prevention and rapid re-housing system, community integration of people with disabilities under Olmstead settlements, and the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
The Agenda is focused on work in:
Affordable and supportive housing
Homeless crisis response
Homeless prevalence and risk and protective factors
Improving health, well-being, and stability
Accessing mainstream benefits
Pathways to employment
USICH hopes that both funders and researchers will use this agenda to guide their choices about future investments in research, and that communities will think about ways to further their evaluation efforts to share their successful work with others.