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What interventions work best for families who experience homelessness? In this talk, Michelle Wood, Daniel Gubits, and Samuel Dastrup of Abt Associates will describe results from the HUD-funded Family Options Study. This study used a rigorous evaluation design to examin

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What interventions work best for families who experience homelessness? In this talk, Michelle Wood, Daniel Gubits, and Samuel Dastrup of Abt Associates will describe results from the HUD-funded Family Options Study. This study used a rigorous evaluation design to examine what housing and service interventions (including long-term rent subsidies, short-term rent subsidies, and transitional housing) work best to reduce homelessness for families in the United States.
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Michelle Wood is a Principal Associate at Abt Associates. She specializes in applied social science research in areas such as housing, homelessness, disability policy, and return to work. Ms. Wood has directed several large scale national program evaluations that use experimental research designs.  Ms. Wood led Abt’s work for HUD on the Family Options Study. The study examined the effects of various combinations of housing and services for homeless families on five aspects of family well-being: housing stability, self-sufficiency, adult well-being, child well-being, and family preservation. Ms. Wood also directs a randomized controlled trial for the Social Security Administration to test alternative benefit rules in the Social Security Disability Insurance program.
Daniel Gubits is a Principal Associate at Abt Associates. He conducts research in the areas of housing, homelessness, economic self-sufficiency, and disability policy. He specializes in the design and analysis of random assignment evaluations. Dr. Gubits holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Johns Hopkins University, and M.P.Aff. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.
Samuel Dastrup is an Associate at Abt Associates. He is an experienced Applied Micro Economist with a demonstrated ability of rigorous but practical empirical research and evaluation and has led research teams examining the effectiveness of approaches to assisting homeless families, low-income renters, and low-income workers seeking additional training. He has authored public-facing policy reports and summaries, technical reports for policy-makers, and peer-reviewed academic journal articles, and has a PhD in economics from the University of California San Diego.

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