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Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Grants $1 Million to Further Research-Driven Homelessness Policy


Homelessness Policy Research Institute drives work to end
homelessness in Los Angeles by convening top researchers and policymakers

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has granted $1 million to continue its
support of the Homelessness Policy Research Institute (HPRI), a
county-wide effort to foster collaboration among top researchers and
policymakers working to end homelessness in Los Angeles County. Launched
in April 2017 at the University of Southern California (USC) Sol Price
Center for Social Innovation in partnership with the United Way of
Greater Los Angeles' Home for Good Initiative and with a planning grant
from the Hilton Foundation, HPRI is the first institute in California
specifically dedicated to ensuring homelessness research meaningfully
informs policy decisions.

HPRI begins its work at a time when homelessness has reached a critical
point in Los Angeles County. Actionable research is crucial to develop
effective policies and address barriers to ending homelessness, which is
a top priority for policymakers and voters alike. After seeing
homelessness numbers increase in recent years, voters overwhelmingly
approved Proposition HHH and Measure H, two funding measures that will
direct billions of dollars toward solving homelessness over the next 10
years. To ensure these resources and other programs are effective in
ending homelessness, HPRI research partners will evaluate the success of
efforts thus far and develop recommendations for future policies and

HPRI's committee of highly regarded researchers represent a variety of
public and private institutions, including Abt Associates, RAND
Corporation, the Economic Roundtable, University of California Los
Angeles (UCLA), USC and others. The group is co-directed by the
California Policy Lab, which pairs trusted experts from UCLA and UC
Berkeley with policymakers and generates scientific evidence that solves
California's most urgent problems, including homelessness. This diverse
coalition meets monthly to discuss current and upcoming research
projects, identify opportunities for collaboration, and brainstorm
possible research approaches to top policy issues.

"We're thrilled to support HPRI's groundbreaking work to ensure
actionable research on homelessness is being implemented to its full
capacity," said Andrea Iloulian, senior program officer of domestic
programs at the Hilton Foundation. "By leveraging the resources
available to us with robust research and smart policymaking, Los Angeles
County is poised to make an historic impact."

With additional support from the Hilton Foundation, HPRI will host
quarterly seminars to connect researchers and policymakers, conduct data
analysis and research translation for actionable use, and dispense
research findings to community partners. HPRI members also regularly
collaborate with program and policy staff at the Los Angeles Homelesss
Services Authority (LAHSA). Earlier this year, HPRI worked with LAHSA to
develop a request for proposals to evaluate Solid Ground Van Nuys, a new
family homelessness prevention program funded by Los Angeles County
Supervisor Sheila Kuehl's office. HPRI also established a committee on
racial equity issues related to homelessness, which works closely with
LAHSA's Ad Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness.
California Policy Lab, an HPRI member, also recently presented initial
findings on homelessness prevention that LAHSA is working into its
prevention screening program design.

"The Homelessness Policy Research Institute is grateful for the
tremendous leadership and support from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation,"
said Gary Painter, director of both the Institute and the USC Price
Center for Social Innovation. "This grant is a significant investment in
enabling HPRI to catalyze collaborative, actionable and policy-relevant
research to help end homelessness across the Los Angeles region."

As it expands and seeks to gain additional funding from a variety of
sources, HPRI will continue to gather local and national experts in
homelessness as well as related issues, including housing, healthcare,
economic inequality and social services to inform policymaking at all
government levels.

About the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation was created in 1944 by international
business pioneer Conrad N. Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels and left
his fortune to help the world's disadvantaged and vulnerable people. The
Foundation currently conducts strategic initiatives in six priority
areas: providing safe water, ending chronic homelessness, preventing
substance use, helping young children affected by HIV and AIDS,
supporting transition age youth in foster care, and extending Conrad
Hilton's support for the work of Catholic Sisters. From its inception,
the Foundation has awarded more than $1.6 billion in grants,
distributing $114.9 million in the U.S. and around the world in 2017.
The Foundation's current assets are approximately $2.8 billion. For more
information, please visit

About the USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation

The mission of the Sol Price Center for Social Innovation is to
develop ideas and illuminate strategies to improve the quality of life
for people in low-income urban communities. Housed in the USC Price
School of Public Policy, the Price Center develops social innovation
approaches, including new models of delivering social impact, to
identify pathways of opportunity for residents of low-income
neighborhoods. The Price Center also works to develop and apply new
evaluation frameworks to support the social innovation process. The
Price Center houses a number of strategic inititiatives and programs,
including the
Policy Research Institute
, the Tomás
Rivera Policy Institute
and the Neighborhood
Data for Social Change
platform. Learn more at
and @USCPriceCSI.

About the United Way of Greater Los Angeles' Home for Good Initiative

Home for Good is a community-driven initiative to end homelessness in
Los Angeles County. Launched by the Business Leader's Task Force on
Homelessness, a partnership of the United Way and the Los Angeles Area
Chamber of Commerce, the Initiative collaborates with policymakers,
community advocates and philanthropists to address the housing and
service needs of individuals experiencing homelessness. Since its
inception in 2010, the Home for Good Initiative has raised $34 million
in private donations, leveraged over $1 billion in public resources for
homeless services and provided housing to more than 40,000 individuals
experiencing homelessness across Los Angeles County. To learn more,

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