Asset-Building Model for HUD’s Family Self-Sufficiency Program Shows Promise for Increasing Earnings and Building Financial Capability

In a policy analysis, I explore the implications of this research for the broader debate about how to help residents of subsidized housing increase their earnings and build assets and financial capability.

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Getting the Word Out: How Can Formative Evaluation Impact Program Direction?

In the last five years, Abt Associates has used formative evaluation – which provides continuous feedback – to help the Conrad Hilton Foundation refine its efforts to address homelessness in Los Angeles.

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Why Don’t More Housing Voucher Recipients Live in Better Neighborhoods?

More than a quarter of U.S. renters spend most of their income on housing. Ten percent of this group receives government housing subsidies. New research examines how housing vouchers influence where people choose to live.

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A Hands-On Approach to Challenging Myths about Homelessness

This month, with the release of new data on homelessness in the U.S., we are reminded that each data point in the report is a person and that everyone can do something about homelessness.

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Scant Evidence and Soaring Promises: New Research Needed on a Universal Basic Income

A universal basic income (UBI) is a regular, substantial, and unconditional cash income available to everyone, irrespective of their employment status or wealth. Its promise is the end of poverty as we know it.

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How Can We Measure Housing Security? Suggestions for HUD’s New Effort

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Policy Development and Research has begun the work of developing a composite measure of housing security, a commendable and important effort.

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To Make Progress on Housing, Break Down Those Walls!

High-cost cities and counties face an array of serious housing challenges. One solution? Local government agencies should focus on breaking down barriers between different agencies and policy domains to achieve active collaboration.

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What Does Homelessness in the U.S. Really Look Like?

Can we believe our perceptions of homelessness based on what we see on the streets? A decade of research provides a definitive answer: no.

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Want to Have an Impact on Housing Policy? Go Local!

Local decisions affect the density at which housing can be built and the complexity, duration, and cost of the land entitlement process, which in turn affect the cost of housing.

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Expenses - the Neglected Half of the Household Budget Equation

To get a full picture of the economic challenges facing Americans of different incomes, we need to consider incomes and expenses together, especially rising expenses for housing, education and health care.

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