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HUD Releases Long-Term Outcomes of the Family Options Study

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

On October 25, 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released the Family Options Study 3-Year Impacts of Housing and Services Interventions for Homeless Families, a 37-month study that examines housing and services interventions for families experiencing homelessness. The Family Options Study was conducted in 12 communities across the country with approximately 2,300 families experiencing homelessness that spent at least seven days in an emergency shelter. Families were randomized to one of three interventions: long-term housing subsidy, community-based rapid re-housing, and project-based transitional housing, and findings were compared to “usual care” offered to families in shelters.

The 37-month results show long-term housing subsidy, such as a Housing Choice Voucher, had a positive impact on housing stability, decreased school mobility and behavior problems among children. Parents were less likely to experience psychological distress and intimate partner violence. Although providing priority access to long-term housing subsidies cost than usual care, but show better outcomes. Rapid re-housing continues to incur the lowest costs and help to reduce children’s behavioral problems.

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