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June 8, 2015
              PRESS RELEASE
              

HUD Study Confirms: Rapid Re-Housing Best Available Crisis Intervention for Homeless Families

Washington, D.C. – A new study, released by The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) yesterday, July 7, reconfirms that, despite their scarcity, long-term housing subsidies are the ideal when it comes to ending homelessness. In their absence, however, community-based rapid re-housing programs are unmatched as the most cost-effective, short-term intervention option.

“We already know that subsidies are best, but they aren’t available for most households in need. We need other crisis solutions and of those that currently exist, rapid re-housing is proven to be the quickest, most cost effective way to get families back into housing,” said Nan Roman, President of the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

The findings are published in The Family Options Study: a large-scale examination around the effectiveness of housing and homeless assistance programs for families. According to HUD and its Office of Policy Development and Research, the study focused specifically on the impact of long-term housing subsidies and three common crisis intervention methods: community-based rapid re-housing, transitional housing and the usual care emergency shelter system.

For a thorough analysis of the study and its findings, see the Alliance online resource: Findings and Implications of the Family Options Study.

The Alliance draws the following conclusions from the study:

  • Rapid Re-Housing Is The Most Promising Of The Crisis Intervention Methods: According to the study, rapid re-housing stands out as the program capable of helping the greatest number of families exit homelessness in the shortest time possible. It’s also the least expensive.
  • Dollars Tied to Transitional Housing Need to Be Reconsidered: According to the study, crisis intervention methods like rapid re-housing perform as well as transitional housing, but at a significantly lower cost.
  • Affordable Housing Is Key To Ending Homelessness: The study lends further evidence to the critical need for programs that make housing affordable by citing evidence that housing subsidies are the most effective long-term solution to ending homelessness. Therefore, communities, states and the federal government should urgently prioritize the investment in affordable housing programs.

For insight into the implications of this study and the nation’s progress toward the goal of ending veteran homelessness by the end of 2015, please contact Alliance Communications Associate Emanuel Cavallaro at ecavallaro@naeh.org to arrange an interview with an Alliance spokesperson.

Contact: Emanuel Cavallaro
(o) 202-942-8297
(c) 703-725-0363
ecavallaro@naeh.org

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The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonprofit, non-partisan, organization committed to preventing and ending homelessness in the United States. As a leading voice on the issue of homelessness, the Alliance analyzes policy and develops pragmatic, cost-effective policy solutions; works collaboratively with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to build state and local capacity; and provides data and research to policymakers and elected officials in order to inform policy debates and educate the public and opinion leaders nationwide.

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Other | February 11, 2014
This media resource is meant to provide clarification on five common misconceptions about the Department of Housing and Urban Development's mandated Point-in-Time Counts.
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Report | April 8, 2013
The State of Homelessness in America 2013 analyzes national as well as state-by-state trends and the economic, housing, and demographic factors that impact homelessness. Findings are based on the most recently available national data from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the National Association of State Budget Officers.
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Report | January 18, 2012
The State of Homelessness in America investigates the changes in homelessness across the country. It presents the Alliance's research on the economic indicators and demographic drivers of homelessness and describes how a variety of factors contribute to increased risk of homelessness among vulnerable populations.