Strategies to Address Homelessness at Airports

There has been an increase in the number of homeless individuals at airports in recent years. There are many reasons for this increase, including a reduced number of city shelters and the attractiveness of airports for homeless people due to their relative safety, transit accessibility, climate controlled shelter, and access to food and amenities. Responses to homeless people at airports have varied. Many airports wrestle with how to balance their primary function of serving the traveling public with dealing respectfully with people experiencing homelessness. In addition, homeless people may have physical and mental challenges and may add potential safety and security issues for airports. Research is needed to help airports partner with local community-based resources for developing and implementing strategies to address homelessness at airport facilities. The objective of this research is to develop a primer and guidebook to help airport operators understand and respond to homeless people at their facility.


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  • Status: Active
  • 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

  • Performing Organizations:

    Cadmus Group, Inc.

    Waltham, MA  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Fordham, Damon

  • Start Date: 20210511
  • Expected Completion Date: 20220510
  • 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 4:45PM