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Evaluating the Section 811 Rental Assistance Program


  • Section 811 expands the housing supply for poor people with disabilities.
  • Abt is assessing the impact of these changes on program participants.
  • A final evaluation report is planned for Spring 2019.
The Challenge

The Section 811 program expands the housing supply for poor people with disabilities. Traditionally, HUD funded nonprofits to develop group homes and small rental developments exclusively for the disabled. Changes in Section 811 provide rental assistance that enables the disabled to live in mainstream housing. The revisions also ensure residents have access to community-based long-term services and support.  State programs target the homeless or people in institutional care.   

The Approach

Abt’s task is to analyze the impact of these changes on program participants. Abt’s mixed methods approach will assess: 

  • The extent to which state housing agencies and health agency partners develop effective, sustainable partnerships that increase housing availability for people who are poor and disabled 

  • Early evidence on how participants fare on a range of issues from quality of life to health-service utilization compared with comparable individuals 

  • The program’s cost effectiveness