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Hennepin County, MN: Promising Strategy for Assessment of the Targeting of Homelessness Prevention R
Solutions Brief | April 25, 2011
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Hennepin County’s comparison is useful for other communities in two main ways. First, the County’s data on the characteristics of families that DO become homeless indicate that these families are extremely low income and vulnerable. The inference is that prevention funds may be more effective if they are given to families that are similarly extremely low income and vulnerable, since less vulnerable families are less likely to become homeless. This is useful information to any community operating a prevention program.
Second, the County’s assessment provides a relatively inexpensive, simple model for other communities to use to evaluate their own prevention assistance efforts. More expansive – and expensive – evaluative efforts can certainly provide much more and richer information. However, this analysis shows that communities without the resources for more comprehensive studies can still evaluate their programs. For these communities, Hennepin County’s experience presents a promising model for assessing the effectiveness of prevention efforts.