Dennis Culhane

Dennis Culhane is Director of Research for the National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans and Professor of Social Welfare Policy at the University of Pennsylvania.  He leads the activities of the Research and Methodology Core to study the Veteran population, assess their current and future needs and use of services, and evaluate practice models and program implementation.

Dr. Culhane is recognized internationally as an expert in homelessness and assisted housing policy research.   His current work includes studies of the dynamics of homelessness among families and adults and the impact of homelessness on the utilization of health, education, and social services.  He is also working with several states and cities to develop preventative approaches to homelessness, including “rapid exit” and community-based housing stabilization programs.

Dr. Culhane holds the Dana and Andrew Stone Chair in Social Policy at Penn and co-directs the Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy initiative, a MacArthur Foundation-funded project to promote the development of integrated database systems by states and localities for policy analysis and systems reform.

The National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans (NCHAV) is a program of the United States Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) that promotes recovery-oriented care for Veterans who are homeless or at-risk for homelessness. Working in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania, the University of South Florida, and the University of Massachusetts Medical School, the Center supports the implementation of VA’s Five Year Plan to End Homelessness Among Veterans by developing and disseminating evidence-based policies, programs, and best practices.