Does Supportive Housing Keep Families Together?

Research Report

Does Supportive Housing Keep Families Together?


In 2012, the Children’s Bureau in the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families funded Partnerships to Demonstrate the Effectiveness of Supportive Housing for Families in the Child Welfare System, a five-year, $25 million demonstration that provided supportive housing to families in the child welfare system, in five sites.

The Urban Institute conducted the cross-site evaluation, a mixed-methods randomized controlled trial that included 807 families. Our research focused on answering the following: Does supportive housing improve access to services, keep families stably housed, help keep families together and reduce their time spent in the child welfare system, and improve the health and social and emotional well-being for parents and children? The study launched in 2012 and concluded in December 2018. This report provides our findings from the impact analysis.

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