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Keeping Families Together: An evaluation of the implementation and outcomes of a pilot supportive housing model for families involved in the child welfare system

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Friday, September 23, 2016 - 17:25
Individual Author: 
Swann-Jackson, Rebecca
Tapper, Donna
Fields, Allison
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Place Published: 
New York, NY
Published Date: 
November 2010
Published Date (Text): 
November 2010

Keeping Families Together (KFT) is a pilot initiative of the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) that was designed to test the impact of permanent supportive housing for families who had been involved with the child welfare system and who had been homeless for at least a year. With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the initiative targeted the most vulnerable families, aiming to improve agency collaboration in support of these families and build capacity among providers to serve them...

Metis Associates conducted its evaluation of the KFT pilot between September 2009 and May 2010. The evaluation, which was designed to assess the extent to which the initiative met its objectives, built on work begun by Dr. Sylvia Ridlen, the project's first evaluator. It includes a retrospective assessment of the implementation of the pilot initiative and an outcome evaluation that has examined the impact of the initiative on participating KFT families. Metis conducted a review of program documentation, focus group interviews with supportive housing providers (directors and case managers) and families, and interviews with representatives of city agencies, interviews with CSH staff and the project's clinical consultant. Limited data from interviews with KFT families conducted by Dr. Ridlen also were incorporated into this report. Several types of administrative data were analyzed. For consenting families, child welfare data were obtained from the New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS). Education data on public school students in the KFT families were accessed from a repository maintained by Metis through an agreement with the New York City Department of Education. Data on homelessness for a comparison group of similarly situated families who did not enter supportive housing were provided by the New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS). Additional data on KFT families were obtained from case managers' records. (author summary)

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