This month, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $1.4 million total to Northern Arizona University and the New York University (NYU) Grossman School of Medicine to support research to address homelessness that engages affected communities and elevates the perspectives and insights of people who have experienced homelessness. Additionally, HUD awarded $600,000 to the NYU Furman Center to conduct research to address the impact of homelessness on families.
“These research projects will help fill crucial knowledge gaps about solutions to end homelessness and help HUD, other federal agencies, and our state and local partners better understand the effectiveness of programs and interventions designed to address homelessness in communities,” said HUD Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research Solomon Greene.
Northern Arizona University will receive $726,306 for a three-year project to document encampment resolution strategies, their effectiveness, and their impact on people experiencing homelessness in the three most populous Arizona counties (Maricopa, Pima, and Yuma).
NYU's School of Medicine was awarded $631,902 to identify what services and housing resources are needed to better facilitate rapid transitions from homelessness to housing for adults aged 55 and older in New York City.
NYU's Furman Center received $650,000 to estimate the impact of direct cash for families who previously experienced homelessness. More specifically, the impact of providing 12 months of $1,000 in unconditional cash transfers to families previously experiencing homelessness, who are exiting a rapid rehousing program, on return to homelessness, housing stability, and rent burden, and explore mechanisms through which the cash transfers may impact these outcomes.