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Employment and Income Supports for Homeless People

Release Date: 
September 2007 (34 pages)
Posted Date:   
December 31, 2008

David Long, MA, MPP, Abt Associates Inc., Bethesda, MD
John Rio, MA, CRC, Advocates for Human Potential, Cypress, TX
Jeremy Rosen, National Policy and Advocacy Council on Homelessness, Alexandria, VA

Disclaimer: The paper presents the views and opinions of the respective author(s) and does not necessarily represent the views, positions, and policies of the federal government.

In this paper, the authors synthesize the findings of recent studies examining the role of mainstream programs such as Social Security Administration (SSA) disability programs, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and Workforce Investment Act (WIA) initiatives in enhancing employment and incomes for people who have experienced homelessness. They also describe the design and outcomes of targeted programs designed specifically to address employment and income support for people who are homeless. While some rigorous evaluations have been done on mainstream programs, the effects of the interventions on the subpopulation that has been homeless are often not addressed. Few rigorous studies have been done on targeted programs. The authors draw several conclusions from the available evidence and outline future research directions to fill important gaps in the research literature.