Public housing and the “Section 8” Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program protect low-income families from the risk of homelessness and other hardships. By allowing families to find stable housing, housing subsidies form an important piece of our country’s safety net. Housing subsidies improve living conditions and yet many families living in public housing and those with housing vouchers may need additional supports to earn enough to escape poverty and become economically self-sufficient. Several studies are underway that seek to identify strategies that help public housing and HCV residents improve their financial stability.
Featured Project: Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Evaluation
As a subcontractor to MDRC, Branch Associates is assisting with the evaluation of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) FSS program. FSS is the main federal effort for increasing employment and earnings and reducing reliance on government subsidies among recipients of housing subsidies. FSS is a voluntary case management and asset-building program that provides financial incentives to work. Branch Associates assisted with evaluation site selection and serves as the operations liaison to five sites to develop random assignment procedures and train and monitor random assignment. Branch Associates is also assisting with implementation research including designing topic guides and protocols and conducting site visits to selected sites to collect qualitative data.