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Dr. Margot Kushel: Warrior For The Homeless

Dr. Margot Kushel is one of the nation’s leading researchers into geriatric homelessness, she approaches the topic with her Jewish values in mind. In 2006, Kushel co-wrote the first study on the issue, discovering that the average age of the homeless population in the United States was in the mid-50s. Since then, Kushel, who is 52, has been awarded tens of millions of dollars to research homelessness.

“It should shock us as a nation that we have this problem,” Kushel told the San Francisco Chronicle in a March 2019 profile. “It’s almost too painful to realize.”

Margot Kushel

Margot Kushel Image by Courtesy of Margot Kushel

What do you have for breakfast? A hard boiled egg

What’s the last thing you listened to on your phone? A new mix from Apple Music

Earliest Jewish memory: Seder with my grandparents

**Heroes:* Ruth Bader Ginsburg, some of the amazing housing activists I get to work with; and many others.

Favorite 2019 memory: Friday night dinners with my family

What is your favorite thing about being Jewish? Questioning everything

What app can you not live without? NYTimes on my phone!

Weekend ritual: Going for a long swim.

Follow Margot Kushel on Twitter, @mkushel

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