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Design and Implementation of the Family Options Study

Daniel Gubits, Michelle Wood, Marybeth Shinn, Stephen Bell
2016 APPAM Annual Research Meeting


November 23, 2016

Three-year findings from the Family Options Study, released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Abt Global, examines the effects of alternative housing and services interventions for homeless families. From September 2010 through January 2012, 2,282 families with 5,397 children enrolled in the Family Options Study across 12 communities after spending at least seven days in emergency shelter. Researchers from Abt Global and Vanderbilt University followed the families for 37 months, gathering evidence about which types of housing and services interventions worked best for homeless families. This presentation describes the characteristics of families in the Family Options Study, design and implementation of the study and the programs used by families.