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Family Options Study: Short-term impacts of housing and services interventions for homeless families

Date Added to Library: 
Monday, January 4, 2016 - 15:28
Organizational Author: 
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Policy Development and Research
Individual Author: 
Gubits, Daniel
Shinn, Marybeth
Bell, Stephen
Wood, Michelle
Dastrup, Samuel
Solari, Claudia D.
Brown, Scott R.
Brown, Steven
Dunton, Lauren
Lin, Winston
McInnis, Debi
Rodriguez, Jason
Savidge, Galen
Spellman, Brooke E.
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Place Published: 
Washington, DC
Published Date: 
July 2015
Published Date (Text): 
July 2015
Original Publication: 
July 2015

This report, titled Short-Term Impacts of Housing and Services Interventions for Homeless Families, presents the short-term outcomes of the families enrolled in the Family Options Study, a multi-site random assignment experiment designed to study the impact of various housing and services interventions on homeless families. The report documents how families are faring approximately 20 months after random assignment to one of four interventions: community-based rapid re-housing (CBRR), project-based transitional housing (PBTH), permanent housing subsidy (SUB), and usual care (UC). Outcome measures fall within five domains: housing stability; family preservation; adult well-being; child well-being; and self-sufficiency. The collection of extensive cost data for each of the interventions tested enables the calculation of the costs that can be tied to each of the interventions, and in turn, used to understand the cost of achieving the outcomes observed. The study resulted in strong and significant findings, particularly related to the power of offering a voucher to a homeless family. HUD anticipates releasing the "long-term" outcomes of families within the next two years, and these findings will document how families are faring a full three years after random assignment, and how the costs of the different groups of families continue to evolve. (author abstract)

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Epub Date: 
July 2015
Research Notes: 
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