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  • Individual Author: Gubits, Daniel; Shinn, Marybeth; Wood, Michelle; Bell, Stephen; Dastrup, Samuel; Solari, Claudia D.; Brown, Scott R.; McInnis, Debi; McCall, Tom; Kattel, Utsav
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2016

    The Family Options Study: Three-year Impacts of Housing and Services Interventions for Homeless Families documents the outcomes of the 2,282 formerly homeless study families approximately 37 months after having been randomly assigned to one of four housing and/or services interventions. The findings at 37-months in large part mirror the findings documented at 20 months, with the long-terms outcomes again demonstrating the power of a voucher to convey significantly improved housing outcomes to formerly homeless families, when compared with the housing outcomes of families offered other interventions. Families offered a permanent subsidy experienced less than half as many episodes of subsequent homelessness, and vast improvements across a broad set of measures related to residential stability. Many of the non-housing outcomes of interest that were strongly influenced by the offer of a voucher in the short-term, such as reductions in psychological distress and intimate partner violence, are still detected, but some positive impacts found at the 20-month followup are not detected at...

    The Family Options Study: Three-year Impacts of Housing and Services Interventions for Homeless Families documents the outcomes of the 2,282 formerly homeless study families approximately 37 months after having been randomly assigned to one of four housing and/or services interventions. The findings at 37-months in large part mirror the findings documented at 20 months, with the long-terms outcomes again demonstrating the power of a voucher to convey significantly improved housing outcomes to formerly homeless families, when compared with the housing outcomes of families offered other interventions. Families offered a permanent subsidy experienced less than half as many episodes of subsequent homelessness, and vast improvements across a broad set of measures related to residential stability. Many of the non-housing outcomes of interest that were strongly influenced by the offer of a voucher in the short-term, such as reductions in psychological distress and intimate partner violence, are still detected, but some positive impacts found at the 20-month followup are not detected at the longer, 37-month followup. For example, 20 months after random assignment, assignment to SUB reduced the proportion of families with child separations in the 6 months before the survey--this effect was not detected in the 6 months before the 37-month survey. Also in this longer window of observation, some positive impacts in the child well-being domain have emerged. Families offered a voucher continue to be significantly more food secure and experience significantly less economic stress than families offered the other interventions. On measures of employment and earnings, the modest negative impacts of vouchers relative to usual care have fallen, although some remain statistically significant. (Author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2007

    As a result of mounting evidence from around the country that housing first is cost effective and decreases the incidence of chronic homelessness, the Massachusetts Legislature passed line-item 4406-3010 in the FY07 state budget to fund a statewide pilot housing first program for 130 chronically homeless individuals. The state allocated $600,000 to MHSA through the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) to operate the program, known as Home and Healthy for Good (HHG). This resource is to be used to fund a portion of the service or housing components for program participants, with the expectation that federal or other state resources would be leveraged to finance additional needed service or facilities funds. (Author introduction)

    As a result of mounting evidence from around the country that housing first is cost effective and decreases the incidence of chronic homelessness, the Massachusetts Legislature passed line-item 4406-3010 in the FY07 state budget to fund a statewide pilot housing first program for 130 chronically homeless individuals. The state allocated $600,000 to MHSA through the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) to operate the program, known as Home and Healthy for Good (HHG). This resource is to be used to fund a portion of the service or housing components for program participants, with the expectation that federal or other state resources would be leveraged to finance additional needed service or facilities funds. (Author introduction)

  • Individual Author: Long, David A.; Amendolia, Jean M.
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2003

    Whether our country faces good or tough economic times, it is unacceptable for people to live on our streets, locked out of the possibility of a home and with profound challenges to finding or keeping a job. Our nation’s leaders agree. The Administration has set ending chronic homelessness as a national goal. The Congress has called for the development of 150,000 units of permanent supportive housing. The mayors of many of our largest cities cite supportive housing as a cornerstone in their plans to end homelessness. Several governors continue to dedicate scarce resources to supportive housing. Encouraged by the energy of these commitments, we must act to realize the goal and create supportive housing for at least 150,000 more people. And as this report—“Promoting Employment for Homeless People” —by Abt Associates demonstrates, integrating employment services into supportive housing not only benefits tenants, but is a cost effective investment that strengthens communities. (author preface)

     

    Whether our country faces good or tough economic times, it is unacceptable for people to live on our streets, locked out of the possibility of a home and with profound challenges to finding or keeping a job. Our nation’s leaders agree. The Administration has set ending chronic homelessness as a national goal. The Congress has called for the development of 150,000 units of permanent supportive housing. The mayors of many of our largest cities cite supportive housing as a cornerstone in their plans to end homelessness. Several governors continue to dedicate scarce resources to supportive housing. Encouraged by the energy of these commitments, we must act to realize the goal and create supportive housing for at least 150,000 more people. And as this report—“Promoting Employment for Homeless People” —by Abt Associates demonstrates, integrating employment services into supportive housing not only benefits tenants, but is a cost effective investment that strengthens communities. (author preface)

     

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