Poverty Lab, Health Lab Using predictive analytics to prevent homelessness in Los Angeles
Los Angeles County has the largest concentration of individuals experiencing homelessness anywhere in the nation, with more than 50,000 people living on the street or in shelters. Just as importantly, Los Angeles is facing conditions that put tens of thousands more individuals at risk of homelessness, with housing needs that far exceed the available supply for low-income households. Los Angeles County is spending nearly $1 billion annually to provide services, benefits, and care to the growing homeless population. Rigorous research has shown that targeted emergency financial assistance and timely intervention can be effective at stabilizing individuals and preventing homelessness. The Poverty and Health Labs are partnering with the Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office and the California Policy Lab (CPL) to use advances in computational technology and analytic techniques to predict which individuals are at highest risk of becoming homeless and better target and rigorously evaluate prevention efforts.