HUD Policy Development and Reseach

The study of The Impact of Housing and Services Interventions on Homeless Families, also referred to as the Family Options Study, is an experimental study of family homelessness that is being funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Between September 2010 and January 2012, 2,307 homeless families across twelve sites enrolled into the study and were randomly assigned to one of four interventions: 1) project-based transitional housing, 2) community-based rapid re-housing, 3) subsidy only, or 4) usual care. Families were interviewed at baseline (entry/random assignment), are being tracked for 18 months after intervention, and will be interviewed again 18 months after random assignment. The follow-up survey period will begin in June 2012. The overall goal of the study is to determine which interventions work best to promote housing stability, family preservation, child well-being, adult well-being, and self-sufficiency for homeless families. The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) has funded the Principal Investigator, Mary Beth Shinn, to conduct a companion study that is supporting data collection on a second focal child in each family, as well as direct child and parent observations in the home. Please see the "project overview" document on this site for additional details about the study, including a list of the participating communities.

Please find below the links to an audio recording of the presentation.
If you were unable to join us on the 19th, we invite you to listen to a recording of the presentation that describes the study and presents emerging findings from the early stages of the research.

Part 1: Homeless Families Research Briefing Part One 7.19.12
Part 2: Homeless Families Research Briefing Part Two 7.19.12

The follow-up survey period has recently begun, and presents several exciting opportunities for collaboration and partnership going forward. To learn more about the study, please contact either Anne Fletcher, in HUD's Office of Policy Development & Research ( or Michelle Wood of Abt Associates (

Convening Location

Thursday, July 19, 2012, 1-3pm
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Brooke-Mondale Auditorium
451 7th Street S.W.
Washington, DC 20410

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