Toward Understanding Homelessness: The 2007 National Symposium on Homelessness Research. Homeless Families and Children. Ending Homelessness for Families: Evaluations of Different Housing Approaches


The research directly focused on housing interventions for homeless families has been largely limited to several descriptive evaluations, including evaluations of:

  • housing and supports for families with histories of homelessness and other difficulties, such as the nine-city RWJF/HUD demonstration of services-enriched housing (Hambrick & Rog, 2000; Rog & Gutman, 1997;R og et al., 1995a, 1995b), the Minnesota Supportive Housing and Managed CarePilot (National Center on Family Homelessness, 2006, 2004a, 2004b), and the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation Family Supportive Housing Initiative(Nolan, Magee, & Burt, 2004; Nolan et al., 2005);
  • rapid housing programs for first-time or at-risk homeless families, including the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundations Housing First Collaborative (LaFrance Associates, 2005); and
  • transitional housing, including a descriptive review of a sample of transitional housing programs across the country (Burt, 2006) and an evaluation of the Gates Foundations Sound Families Initiative (Northwest Institute for Children and Families, 2005).

In addition, findings that inform our understanding of how to improve the residential stability of families have emerged from longitudinal studies that examine factors related to increased stability. In this section, we highlight the main findings that emerge from these evaluations and research efforts.

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