Abt Associates: Bold thinkers driving real-world impact
Nearly two years after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck the Gulf Coast, tens of thousands of households were still receiving housing assistance from FEMA and having difficulty locating affordable rental housing. In response to this situation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) operated a pilot program --the Disaster Housing Assistance Program (DHAP)-- between 2007 and 2009. DHAP was designed to provide temporary rental assistance and case management to help these households get back on their feet and find suitable, affordable housing. Did DHAP accomplish its aims? To find out, Abt Associates is surveying DHAP participants about their experiences with DHAP and their post-DHAP housing, employment, and financial well-being approximately two years after DHAP ended. The study is exploring the key factors that influenced these outcomes in order to provide HUD with information that can help inform the development of rental assistance and case management programs for future disasters.
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.