Alameda County was one of the twelve communities that participated in the Family Options Study, a research study that examined effects of three types of interventions 20 months after families entered homeless shelters.
The first is a permanent housing subsidy, provided primarily through HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher program, for housing in the private market. The rationale is that homelessness for families is a housing affordability problem – a problem that subsidies can fix.
Community Based Rapid Re-housing , provides short-term rental assistance for housing in the private market. The idea is to get families back into conventional housing as swiftly as possible, and with the lightest touch.
Project-based transitional housing or PBTH provides time-limited housing and extensive social services in supervised facilities. The rationale is that families who experience homelessness have a variety of problems they need to address before they can succeed in housing. Families can stay up to 24 months.
These three interventions-are compared to the usual care available in communities. Usual care consists of emergency shelter and housing or services that families access on their own without immediate referral to one of the three active interventions. Learn more about the study and its findings by downloading the report below.