Evaluation of the New York City Home Rebuilders Demonstration. 2. IMPLEMENTATION OF THE HOMEREBUILDERS DEMONSTRATION

09/14/1998

The information presented in this chapter is based on interviews during four separate time intervals. The first set of interviews took place between January 1996 and June 1996. During this period, staff from Westat and James Bell Associates conducted site visits to each of the six agencies that participated in the project: Harlem Dowling, Little Flower, New York Foundling, Miracle Makers, St. Christopher-Jennie Clarkson, and St. Christopher-Ottilie. Both administrative staff and caseworkers were interviewed. The second set of interviews was held between December 1996 and February 1997. Chapin Hall conducted in-person and follow-up telephone interviews with public agency staff from New York City and New York State. The third set of interviews was held with one to three administrators at each agency via telephone from June through August 1997. Finally, in-person and telephone interviews were held with program and fiscal administrators in February 1998. These interviews were conducted to review and clarify study findings. This chapter documents the implementation of the HomeRebuilders Demonstration from the public and private agency participant perspective. Whenever possible, multiple sources were used to confirm information; however, it must be noted that this chapter represents the opinions voiced at each agency. In addition, the data were collected retrospectively. The study began approximately two and one-half years after the HomeRebuilders program was initiated, close to the time that funding for the program ceased. Therefore, all of the interviews were conducted after the program ended. The effect this had on the interviewees' comments is not known.

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