Research and Evaluation listings

Investing in proven solutions is a key theme of the Opening Doors. Much research has been and is being conducted on homelessness across the federal government. There is tremendous opportunity to better understand and apply what is being learned by coordinating and sharing research across federal agencies and with states and local communities.

Towards that end, USICH released the nation's first-ever National Research Agenda: Priorities for Advancing Our Understanding of Homelessness in October 2012. This Agenda outlines priority areas where we believe Federal, local, and private investments should be made in additional research. 

Go to National Research Agenda

USICH has compiled and developed abstracts for approximately 200 studies conducted over the past decade; research that helped inform the Research Agenda and that continues to help improve the knowledge base of the field. Users can browse through the listings below or sort the information using the “Information by” filter along the left-hand side of the screen. Users can also search by keyword using the search box in the top right corner of every page.

  • Testing a Typology of Family Homelessness

    Dennis P. Culhane, Stephen Metraux, Jung Min Park, Maryanne Schretzman and Jesse Valente May 2007 This study tests a typology of family homelessness based on patterns of public shelter utilization and examines whether family characteristics are associated with those patterns. The results ...

  • Homeless Families and Children

    John C. Buckner and Debra J. Rog May 2010 Since the mid-1990s, there has been continued research and policy interest in understanding the characteristics and needs of families and children who become homeless, especially in understanding the heterogeneity within the population and whether a ...

  • Next Step: Jobs Promoting Employment for Homeless People

    David A. Long and Jean M. Amendolia September 2003 This report—“Promoting Employment for Homeless People” —by Abt Associates demonstrates that integrating employment services into supportive housing not only benefits tenants, but is a cost effective investment that ...

  • Serving the homeless through the One-Stop system: A case study

    Jennifer Henderson-Frakes June 2004 In the summer of 1999, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) awarded Social Policy Research Associates (SPR) a contract for the national Evaluation of the Implementation of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). This study consists of three phases. The first two ...

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