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New Award From HUD Enables Abt to Continue Evaluating Interventions for Families Who Experience Homelessness

Rockville, Md.  –  In the continuing effort to support families experiencing homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has contracted Abt Associates to conduct a 12-year follow-up study of the families that participated in the Family Options Study to assess the long-term impacts of receiving assistance. Abt will continue to partner with Vanderbilt University on the project.

In 2008, HUD sponsored the groundbreaking Family Options Study to develop evidence on the types of housing and services interventions that work best for families who experience homelessness. The study randomly assigned 2,282 families to one of three active interventions—long-term rent subsidy, short-term rent subsidy, and project-based transitional housing—or to receive usual care available in the communities. Abt followed up with these families after 18 months and then three years after their participation and found that long-term rent subsidies had the greatest positive impact on family outcomes. 

“Abt has been working with HUD for years to understand homelessness, from supporting the agency’s annual report to Congress to our first-ever report on encampments,” said Michelle Wood. “This is a great opportunity to study the long-term effects of interventions that may help us end family homelessness.”

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