This project determined whether existing mainstream programs and new funding streams and initiatives were making a difference for homeless families and families at risk of homelessness. Through in-depth site visits to including public housing authority and non-public health models, the project gathered descriptive information about comprehensive community-level housing assistance and homeless service delivery models that utilize Federal funds, identified the unique challenges and advantages of implementing each of these approaches, assessed and summarized the empirical and/or anecdotal evidence for the models' effectiveness, and presented design options for evaluating federally funded service delivery models.
Researchers identified ten features associated with promising models of service delivery. Among these were creating a logical program structure with services tied directly to goals, using nontraditional community services, forging relationships between program staff and local landlords to increase housing options, using case managers to link human services and housing supports, and integrating intensive case management and services with mainstream housing supports.
Report Title: Human Services and Housing Supports to Address Family Homelessness: Promising Practices in the Field, http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/11/FamilyHomelessness/rb.shtml
Agency Sponsor: OASPE, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Alana Landey, 202-401-6636
Performer: Abt Associates
Record ID: 9661 (March 30, 2012)