Date Published: June 2016
HUD recognizes that transitional housing can be an effective tool for addressing the needs of specific subpopulations – such as underage homeless youth, safety for persons fleeing domestic violence, and the homeless with substance abuse addiction. However, recent research shows that transitional housing is generally more expensive than other housing models serving similar populations with similar outcomes. It is often more service-intensive than most homeless households need, and the criteria for entry into many transitional housing programs are so rigorous that transitional housing beds are under-utilized because homeless households cannot overcome the barriers to entry. HUD is strongly encouraging CoCs and recipients to carefully review the transitional housing projects within the geographic area for cost-effectiveness, performance, and for the number and type of eligibility criteria to determine if rapid re-housing may be a better model for the CoC’s geographic area.