Abt Associates: Bold thinkers driving real-world impact
What has home been like for disaster victims residing in FEMA’s alternative post-disaster housing? Abt Associates conducted an in-depth evaluation for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to learn the answer to this question. The study, which is part of a wider evaluation of FEMA’s Alternative Housing Pilot Program (AHPP), is examining quality of life outcomes for people living in new kinds of post-disaster housing units developed locally by recipients of the AHPP grants in Alabama, Lousiana, Mississippi and Texas. The AHPP houses were not only designed to meet the post-disaster needs of residents displaced by the hurricanes of 2005 but also to serve as potential alternatives to FEMA trailers following future disasters. The five-year study is providing valuable information on the quality-of-life outcomes of families that moved into AHPP housing and on how the program has been implemented across the four states.
Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research, evaluation and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 international development innovators. The company has multiple offices in the U.S. and program offices in more than 40 countries.