Insights / Research BriefMay 06, 2024

Homelessness and the Persistence of Deprivation: Income, Employment, and Safety Net Participation

Alexa Grunwaldt, Bruce D. Meyer, Gillian Meyer, Derek Wu, Angela Wyse
Homelessness occurs in the context of long-term, severe deprivation rather than large and sudden losses of income. Low permanent incomes leave people vulnerable to housing loss when met with even modest disruptions to life circumstances, even if they are connected to the labor market and safety net.
Based on BFI Working Paper 2024-48, “Homelessness and the Persistence of Deprivation: Income, Employment, and Safety Net Participation”