Roundtable: Intensive Family Services and Housing - Evaluations of Place Based Interventions
(Social & Family Policy)

Saturday, November 10, 2012: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Pratt B (Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Organizers:  Susan Popkin, Urban Institute
Speakers:  Debra Rog, Westat, Megan Gallagher, The Urban Institute and Richard Cho, Corporation for Supportive Housing

We are proposing a roundtable discussion on the benefit of place-based supportive services for vulnerable populations - a cross cutting theme that touches on both housing and human services. The participants of this roundtable will describe various interventions that use place (housing or neighborhoods) as a platform for providing supportive services and discuss findings from their evaluations and other research on how these interventions affect adult and youth participants’ outcomes related to health, education, and employment, among others. The roundtable presentations will include the following: 1) Richard Cho will present on research findings on supportive housing that demonstrate how deeply subsidized affordable housing with case management and supportive services can lead to improvements in health, increased family cohesion and stability, and reduce the use of emergency services among individuals and families who are high utilizers of costly emergency public services. He will also discuss the cost-benefit of such models that shift public service utilization from costly inpatient crisis-focused services to more cost-effective preventive services. 2) Susan Popkin will discuss findings from the Housing Opportunities and Service Together (HOST) demonstration – an intensive case management model that seeks to improve outcomes for adults and children in public housing developments. HOST is based on earlier research from the Chicago Family Case Management Demonstration that showed that adult case management lead to great improvements in health and employment indicators, but that these benefits did not necessarily affect the children in those households. Sue will share early findings from the planning and implementation phases of the HOST demonstration – from interviews, focus groups, program data, and an in-depth survey of participants. 3) Debra Rog will provide a historical view of the role of housing for families who are homeless, discussing the range of models that have been attempted, from services-enriched housing to rapid rehousing models that are currently being tested. She will discuss what we know and don’t know from this body of work, and describe the challenges to evaluating the programs. She will highlight her current and past studies as examples but will also draw upon the broader literature. 4) Megan Gallagher will present findings from the baseline report on the federal government’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative. Choice seeks to build on the lessons of the HOPE VI program, expanding focus beyond improving the focal development and following the principles of responsible relocation and providing adequate support for residents. Choice requires grantees to assess the needs of public and assisted housing residents, help relocatees find housing in better neighborhoods or return to the redeveloped site, provide supportive services to increase employment, and track relocatees to maintain support over time. The Urban Institute, in partnership with MDRC, is conducting a baseline data collection effort for all five of the Choice sites that received implementation grants in 2011.

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