Improving the Lives of Public Housing's Most Vulnerable Families

Research Report

Improving the Lives of Public Housing's Most Vulnerable Families

Abstract

Demonstration participants, who were particularly vulnerable and hard to house in 2007, received intensive supportive services focused on improving family stability, mental health, and self-sufficiency. Our analysis finds significant gains in employment for working-age Demonstration participants living in traditional public housing (and subject to the CHA work requirement). In contrast, the health of Panel Study respondentscomparable CHA residents who did not receive intensive services deteriorated steadily over the past decade. Despite these overall positive results, chronic disease remains a major challenge and mortality rates for these CHA residents are shockingly high.

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