Abt Associates: Bold thinkers driving real-world impact
The Alternative Housing Pilot Program, a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) program authorized by Congress in 2006, provided $400 million to Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas to develop and test new forms of emergency shelter as alternatives to FEMA trailers. Hundreds of people displaced by the hurricanes in 2005 lived in these new shelters, some of which have become permanent housing that is still occupied. As part of a wider evaluation of AHPP, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) commissioned Abt Associates to undertake a rigorous evaluation of the quality-of-life outcomes for program recipients in the four states that received AHPP grants.
Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research, evaluation and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 international development innovators. The company has multiple offices in the U.S. and program offices in more than 40 countries.