Airports and the Homeless

There has been an increase in homeless populations at airports in recent years. There are many reasons for this increase, including the reduced number of city shelters and the attractiveness of airports for the homeless due to their relative safety, transit accessibility, climate controlled shelter, and access to food and amenities. Responses to the homeless at airports have varied. Many airports wrestle with how to balance their primary function of serving the traveling public with dealing respectfully with the homeless and the potential safety/security issues and health and mental illness challenges that are often found in this population. Research is needed to help airports partner with local resources for developing and implementing a comprehensive plan for addressing homeless populations at their facilities. The objective of this research is to prepare a guidebook to help address homeless populations at airports. The guidance should help airports develop plans and policies that balance safety, humaneness, and respect; promote partnerships with local resources; consider resource needs and availability; allow for flexibility; and develop strategies for public engagement to help improve outcomes and safe practices.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $400000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 03-59

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Navarrete, Joseph

  • Start Date: 20200817
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01748064
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 03-59
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 17 2020 3:04PM