Impact of Housing Assistance on Short-Term Homelessness

Sep 2011 |
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Among TANF, Disability Lifeline, and Basic Food recipients with recently recorded spells of homelessness

This report examines whether receiving housing assistance from local housing providers reduced the subsequent likelihood of self-reported homelessness. Two groups of DSHS cash and food assistance clients with recent spells of recorded homelessness were used in the analysis: (1) those who received assistance in one of four housing programs recorded in Commerce’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), and (2) statistically matched comparison groups of clients who did not receive housing assistance recorded in HMIS. Results show that housing assistance recipients in all four housing programs were significantly less likely than their matched peers to experience homelessness at 7 to 9 months follow-up.

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