Housing & Communities

Reducing & Preventing Homelessness

Abt Associates has been at the forefront of research and technical assistance to reduce and prevent homelessness for more than a decade.
Abt’s research and analysis helps policymakers understand the magnitude and causes of homelessness and measure the impact and cost effectiveness of homeless assistance programs and of interventions for systems change at the community-level. Our many studies in progress include:
  • The development of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress;
  • An evaluation of the Conrad Hilton Foundation’s initiative to end chronic homelessness in Los Angeles;
  • A random assignment evaluation for HUD of options for helping families in shelter gain long-term housing stability; and
  • A random assignment evaluation for HHS of the impact of the Transitional Living Program for Homeless Youth.
Abt works closely with federal clients, including HUD and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, to help their grantees implement federal initiatives designed to prevent and end homelessness. We also help communities and nonprofit organizations nationwide build capacity to manage homeless prevention and homeless assistance programs, transform homeless systems, implement homeless management information systems, and measure program performance.
Senior Abt researchers and technical assistance providers in the area of homelessness include Brooke Spellman, Tom Albanese, Matt White, Alvaro Cortes, Jill Khadduri, and Gretchen Locke.
Recent Abt Studies on Homelessness in the U.S.

America’s homelessness continues downward trend, despite nearly 1.5 million Americans using shelters.

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