Assessing the Effectiveness of the Federal Family Self-Sufficiency Program: Early Findings from the National Evaluation
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Despite the prominent role of FSS for more than two decades, little reliable evidence exists on the program’s effectiveness. That is beginning to change. New York City’s Opportunity NYC—Work Rewards demonstration, the first-ever randomized control trial testing the FSS program, provides evidence of the program’s effectiveness in one context. In 2012, HUD took major steps to build evidence and launched a national evaluation of its flagship program. This presentation will describe the new national FSS evaluation and share initial findings covering the first 18 months participants were enrolled in the program.
Eighteen housing authorities operating FSS programs for Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) recipients agreed to participate in this evaluation and together enrolled a total of 2,656 voucher holders in the study. The results from this study will place existing evidence about FSS, including New York City’s Work Rewards FSS program, the first randomized trial of a single FSS program, in a national context and provide insights into program experiences and impacts that are generalizable to FSS programs around the country.