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HUD seeks your input on public housing agencies serving homeless households

August 22, 2012

On June 18, HUD launched a web-based survey of all public housing agencies (PHAs) nationwide. This survey supports research that will explore and document how PHAs currently serve and interact with homeless households to achieve the following:

• Establish a baseline level of PHAs’ current commitment in serving homeless households
• Document the policies of PHAs that have an explicit preference for homeless households
• Explore PHA perceived roadblocks to increasing the number of homeless households served or targeting homeless households for priority housing assistance
• Identify methods to address or eliminate barriers to serving homeless households in mainstream housing assistance, with a focus on the housing choice voucher (HCV) program and public housing.

Input received through this study will allow HUD to develop strategies to expand mainstream housing opportunities for homeless households that are based in evidence and informed by the PHAs themselves. Each housing authority has received an e-mail from Abt Associates Inc. that provides the PHA with a unique link to the web-based survey. It is important that all PHAs complete and submit the survey! Questions about the survey can be directed to PHASURVEY@srbi.com.