• Research, Evaluation, and Best Practices

Characteristics of Transitional Housing for Homeless Families


Date Published: September 2006


This report was written in preparation for a larger study sponsored by HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research, to examine the effects of transitional housing on homeless families. The larger study involves following a sample of homeless families for one year after they leave transitional housing, to understand what happens to them and the ways in which TH program participation may have helped them retain housing. Preparation for this work included surveys of transitional housing programs in five communities, to gather the information that would let us describe TH program elements. Characterizations of TH programs will be used as part of the ultimate analyses of this project to determine their effects on family outcomes.

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  • Urban Institute
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