Practice Areas

Housing and Homelessness

Abt SRBI’s work in housing policy showcases our capabilities across a wide spectrum of survey research, where the target “respondent” may be a small service organization, a large government agency or a homeless individual.  Each study presents unique challenges for data collection, with highly variable requirements that combine program and policy knowledge with current and flexible data collection methodology.

Key areas studied include:
  • Study of Public Housing Authorities in the United States and Puerto Rico to determine the extent to which PHAs have adopted preferences for homeless individuals and families to help them access housing assistance more quickly and use it to prevent future homelessness.  Explore how these preferences are implemented and the barriers agencies face to implementation of the preferences.
  • Studies among Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) grantees and sub-grantees.  These studies seek to understand how HPRP programs are being implemented and how local community approaches to homelessness have evolved with the introduction of this funding.
  • Studies of homeless individuals and families for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • Disaster Assistance Grants Studies: Conducted study for HUD to assess the state of housing recovery in the states hardest hit by hurricanes Katrina and Rita and to understand the role of community development block grant (CDBG) in facilitating recovery for homeowners and owners of small rental properties.
  • Moving to Opportunity (MTO) program evaluation study conducted for HUD.