The Impact of Homelessness Prevention Programs on Homelessness

This report analyses the impact of homelessness prevention programs on homelessness using data collected from Chicago in the United States from 2010 to 2012. There is a demonstration that the volatile nature of funding availability leads to good-as-random variation in the allocation of resources to individuals seeking assistance. The report shows that despite the prevalence of temporary financial assistance programs for those facing imminent homelessness, there is little evidence of their impact.

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American Association for the Advancement of Science
United States