Panelists at an Abt-organized event on Sept. 21, 2015 about the Family Options study discuss the broad-reaching impacts of stable housing on children and families.
More than 150,000 families experience homelessness each year and are forced to seek emergency shelter or face life on the street. What are the best ways to help these families?
The Family Options study
, led by Abt Associates for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is providing answers to that question.
Researchers from Abt and Vanderbilt University gathered evidence about which types of housing and services interventions worked best for homeless families. From September 2010 through January 2012, a total of 2,282 families were enrolled into a random assignment study in 12 communities.
Abt and its partners also conducted a final survey approximately 37-months after study enrollment to measure the longer-term impacts of housing and services offered to homeless families. The 37-month study results
followed a similar pattern to an earlier short-term outcomes: providing priority access to long-term housing subsidies helps keep families from becoming homeless again. These permanent housing subsidies had other positive benefits, including keeping families out of shelter, reducing food insecurity, school moves for children and intimate partner violence.
Read more about the Family Options study:
Reports and Briefs:
Bold Thinkers Series Event video:
Samuel Dastrup, Associate