U.S. cities have different policies for overflow homeless shelters. If the temperature falls below a certain threshold in a city, the government may legally require anyone on the streets to be housed. The effectiveness of these policies, though, has yet to be examined. Specifically, it is unknown whether overflow homeless shelters reduce mortality due to cold weather or hypothermia. Using state, county, and city policies, along with mortality data, Dante Domenella is investigating the effect of overflow homeless shelters on cold weather mortality rates.
As a Kellogg research assistant, Domenella currently works with Professor Kirk Doran on his education research. Before working with Professor Doran, Domenella worked with Professor Amitava Dutt, as he explored the role of women’s empowerment in promoting Bangladesh’s unique health progress. After his sophomore year, Domenella received an Experiencing the World fellowship to intern and perform research at a microfinance institution in Cusco, Peru. He also has experience with Notre Dame International, including study abroad experiences in Spain, Jerusalem, and Jordan. Finally, Domenella is very involved with the Center for Social Concerns and Dillon Hall.
Thesis Title: How Overflow Homeless Shelters Affect Mortality Rates
Thesis Adviser: Jim Sullivan
I am helping Professor Doran look at the impact of Rosenwald schools in the South on innovation. Created in the early 20th century, these schools were designed to improve educational outcomes of black residents in the South.