ERIC Number: ED400033
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Community Response to Homelessness: Evaluation of the HACAP Transitional Housing Program. Final Report.
Richardson, Brad B.; Landsman, Miriam J.
The causes and consequences of homelessness have been the subject of considerable social science research. This report details recovery from homelessness, or "exits from homelessness," through analysis of descriptive demographic data and correlation of success rates with participant behavior and intervention context. The 2-year evaluation examined the results of a transitional housing program designed to promote self-sufficiency through a family-centered approach. Data were provided by 217 Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP) families. A parallel evaluation of the Homeless Head Start Project (HHSP) was also conducted. The evaluation found that clients who completed the program realized greater gains in income and were more likely to maintain stable housing than those who did not. Successful intervention strategies included a strong relationship between case manager and client, and intervention of a sustained nature. Critical to a sustained exit from homelessness was the resolution of causal issues of homelessness, such as lack of income, lack of affordable housing, and domestic violence. The study concluded that improvements in intervention strategies are important to ensure program success. (Appendices provide verbatim comments from the program termination and follow-up surveys. Contains 28 references.) (SD)
Descriptors: Children, Community Programs, Crisis Intervention, Economically Disadvantaged, Family Environment, Family Programs, Homeless People, Housing Deficiencies, Housing Needs, Housing Opportunities, Models, Outreach Programs, Poverty, Poverty Programs, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice, Iowa City, IA.
Identifiers - Location: Iowa