Family Options Study: Short-Term Impacts of Housing and Services Interventions for Homeless Families

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Policy Development and Research, July 2015

308 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2017

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Daniel Gubits

Abt Associates, Inc.

Marybeth Shinn

Abt Associates, Inc.

Stephen Bell

Abt Associates, Inc.

Michelle Wood

Abt Associates, Inc.

Samuel R. Dastrup

Abt Associates, Inc.

Claudia Solari

Abt Associates, Inc.

Scott Brown

Abt Associates, Inc.

Steven Brown

Abt Associates, Inc.

Lauren Dunton

Abt Associates, Inc.

Winston Lin

Abt Associates, Inc.

Debi McInnis

Abt Associates, Inc.

Jason Rodriguez

Abt Associates, Inc.

Galen Savidge

Abt Associates, Inc.

Brooke Spellman

Abt Associates, Inc.

Date Written: July 7 2015

Abstract

This report 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.

Suggested Citation

Gubits, Daniel and Shinn, Marybeth and Bell, Stephen and Wood, Michelle and Dastrup, Samuel R. and Solari, Claudia and Brown, Scott and Brown, Steven and Dunton, Lauren and Lin, Winston and McInnis, Debi and Rodriguez, Jason and Savidge, Galen and Spellman, Brooke, Family Options Study: Short-Term Impacts of Housing and Services Interventions for Homeless Families (July 7 2015). U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Policy Development and Research, July 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3055272 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3055272

Daniel Gubits (Contact Author)

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Marybeth Shinn

Abt Associates, Inc. ( email )

55 Wheeler Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-1168
United States

Stephen Bell

Abt Associates, Inc. ( email )

55 Wheeler Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-1168
United States

Michelle Wood

Abt Associates, Inc. ( email )

55 Wheeler Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-1168
United States

Samuel R. Dastrup

Abt Associates, Inc. ( email )

55 Wheeler Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-1168
United States

Claudia Solari

Abt Associates, Inc. ( email )

55 Wheeler Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-1168
United States

Scott Brown

Abt Associates, Inc. ( email )

55 Wheeler Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-1168
United States

Steven Brown

Abt Associates, Inc. ( email )

55 Wheeler Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-1168
United States

Lauren Dunton

Abt Associates, Inc. ( email )

55 Wheeler Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-1168
United States

Winston Lin

Abt Associates, Inc. ( email )

55 Wheeler Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-1168
United States

Debi McInnis

Abt Associates, Inc. ( email )

55 Wheeler Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-1168
United States

Jason Rodriguez

Abt Associates, Inc. ( email )

55 Wheeler Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-1168
United States

Galen Savidge

Abt Associates, Inc. ( email )

55 Wheeler Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-1168
United States

Brooke Spellman

Abt Associates, Inc. ( email )

55 Wheeler Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-1168
United States

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