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Brendan O'Flaherty
Mentally ill people turned out of institutions, crack-cocaine use on the rise, more poverty, public housing a shambles: as attempts to explain homelessness multiply so do the homeless--and we still don't know why. The first full-scale economic...
Brendan O'Flaherty
When more people use emergency food pantries or homeless shelters, how can an observer tell whether the change is being driven by greater need among users or greater generosity among donors? Why are serious and long-standing gluts and shortages...
Brendan O'Flaherty
Reducing homelessness is an indisputable social good, and housing subsidies offer one way to do so. However, subsidies come in many different varieties and are intricately bound up with economic and social policies. This paper, written by one of...
Brendan O’Flaherty
Homelessness is part of the lives of many people. But almost no one is homeless for all or most of his or her life. The median shelter homeless spell is well under a month, and even “chronic homelessness” officially entails spells of a year or so. I...
Yinghua He, Brendan O'Flaherty
Most single adults share housing with other adults, and living alone is considerably more expensive than living with someone else. Yet policies that discourage shared housing for formerly homeless people or people at risk of becoming homeless are...
Sarena Goodman, Peter Messeri, Brendan O’Flaherty
Abstract Homelessness prevention programs intervene with households apparently in imminent danger of becoming homeless, and try to keep them housed. If they are at least partially successful, how do they change the average shelter...
Sarena Goodman, Peter Messeri, Brendan O’Flaherty
This study evaluates the community impact of the first four years of Homebase, a homelessness prevention program in New York City. Family shelter entries decreased on average in the neighbourhoods in which Homebase was operating. Homebase effects...
J Hous Econ, Sarena Goodman, Peter Messeri, Brendan O'Flaherty
This study evaluates the community impact of the first four years of Homebase, a homelessness prevention program in New York City. Family shelter entries decreased on average in the neighborhoods in which Homebase was operating. Homebase effects...