The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released an interim report that presents results from the early implementation of the study of the Impact of Housing and Services Interventions for Homeless Families, referred to as the Family Options Study.
Between September 2010 and January 2012, 2,307 homeless families across twelve sites enrolled in the study and were randomly assigned to one of four interventions: 1) project-based transitional housing; 2) community-based rapid re-housing; 3) subsidy only; or 4) usual care. Families were interviewed at baseline, and will be interviewed again at 18 months. The overall goal of the study is to determine which interventions work best to promote housing stability, family preservation, child well-being, adult well-being, and self-sufficiency for homeless families.
HUD will release a subsequent report in 2014 on the impacts of the four interventions and their relative costs.