“Prevention is key.” That is the claim made by many doctors when researching a variety of diseases. Although being homeless is definitely not a disease, prevention is still an important strategy when working towards ending this critical circumstance in our society.
Assistance programs do exist to help prevent families and individuals from ever becoming homeless. But, how can we evaluate the effectiveness of these programs?
New York City has developed their own study to determine just that. The city’s Department of Homeless Services says the study is important so they can determine whether their program, Homebase, has helped those for which it was created. The department’s website says the Homebase program offers job training, emergency rental assistance, family or tenant/landlord mediation, etc., to individuals and families.
According to an article in theNew York Times, this study involves monitoring 400 households that sought Homebase help between June and…
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