HUD Releases Study of PHAs’ Efforts to Serve People Experiencing Homelessness
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) recently released a Study of PHAs' Efforts to Serve People Experiencing Homelessness. The Study, prepared by Abt Associates, was commissioned to provide a status report on efforts by public housing agencies (PHAs) to serve homeless households with mainstream housing assistance resources.
Data was collected from PHAs throughout 2012 and early 2013 using two approaches: a Web-based survey of roughly 4,000 PHAs and follow-up telephone discussions with staff at 120 PHAs. The study found that 24% of all PHAs were attempting to serve people experiencing homelessness by using their ability to prioritize some people over others on waiting lists for housing assistance and by removing barriers that make it difficult for homeless households to use housing assistance programs.