Asset-Building Model for HUD’s Family Self-Sufficiency Program Shows Promise for Increasing Earnings and Building Financial Capability

In a policy analysis, I explore the implications of this research for the broader debate about how to help residents of subsidized housing increase their earnings and build assets and financial capability.

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Getting the Word Out: How Can Formative Evaluation Impact Program Direction?

In the last five years, Abt Associates has used formative evaluation – which provides continuous feedback – to help the Conrad Hilton Foundation refine its efforts to address homelessness in Los Angeles.

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Why Don’t More Housing Voucher Recipients Live in Better Neighborhoods?

More than a quarter of U.S. renters spend most of their income on housing. Ten percent of this group receives government housing subsidies. New research examines how housing vouchers influence where people choose to live.

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Can a Policy Innovation Help Families in Public Housing Build Assets and Increase Their Earnings?

Imagine if all recipients of federal rental assistance had access to a savings account that grew as their earnings grew. This shift could potentially lead to a range of benefits, including increased earnings; investments in education, homeownership and small businesses that materially enhance households' well-being; and improvements in mental health. Of course, we don't know for sure whether these outcomes would occur - like all significant policy changes, this policy innovation would need to be rigorously tested. But it's an idea that merits further exploration, especially since any increases in earnings induced by the policy change would generate increased rent revenue that could help offset program costs.

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