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Interim Reports of Ongoing Research Projects

 
Small Area Fair Market Rent Demonstration Evaluation: Interim Report
Small Area Fair Market Rent Demonstration Evaluation: Interim Report

TIn the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, subsidy levels are based on Fair Market Rents (FMRs) that are set for each metropolitan area (or non-metropolitan county) and vary by unit size (number of bedrooms). Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) generally have only a limited ability to adjust the maximum subsidy level to reflect differences in rent levels between neighborhoods within their jurisdiction. Rents tend to be higher in certain neighborhoods than others, and neighborhoods with higher rents tend to have better access to amenities that provide opportunity. For this reason, using a single metropolitan-wide standard as the basis for setting the maximum subsidy available to HCV holders makes it difficult for them to access housing located in areas of opportunity. The Small Area Fair Market Rent (SAFMR) demonstration was developed to evaluate if more local rents (at the ZIP Code) could provide an effective means for HCV holders to move into higher-opportunity areas without significantly raising overall subsidy costs.
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Family Options Study: Interim Report
The Family Options Study

The Family Options Study earlier known as The Impact of Housing and Services Interventions on Homeless Families, 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.
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Status of HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Evaluation and Results to Date
Rental Assistance Demonstration Evaluation

On September 21, 2016, HUD published an interim report that summarizes preliminary findings about the Rental Assistance Demonstration program's achievements to date. The final report of the ongoing evaluation is expected in December, 2018.
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Study of PHAs’ Efforts to Serve People Experiencing Homelessness
Study of PHAs’ Efforts to Serve People Experiencing Homelessness

The use of mainstream housing assistance programs will be essential if the nation is to achieve the goals of the 2010 Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, including ending chronic homelessness by 2015 and ending homelessness for families, youth, and children by 2020.
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Housing for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care: A Review of the Literature and Program Typology
Housing for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care Project

Senate report language accompanying HUD’s 2009 Appropriation directed the Secretary to "conduct an evaluation of the housing models that are most effective in preventing and ending homelessness for youth aged 16-24." HUD has chosen to focus this research effort on the housing needs of the nearly 30,000 youth who "age out" of the foster care system each year.
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Choice Neighborhoods Evaluation Report

HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) is managing a study of Choice Neighborhoods (Choice), a new program to support the redevelopment of distressed assisted housing projects and transformation of the neighborhoods surrounding them into mixed-income, high-opportunity places. The study focuses on the first five recipients of Choice implementation grants: the Quincy Corridor neighborhood in Boston, the Woodlawn neighborhood in Chicago, the Iberville/Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans, the Eastern Bayview neighborhood in San Francisco, and the Yesler neighborhood in Seattle.
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