Housing Stability and Consumer Data

Project Type: Housing

Project Stage: Completed

Current evaluations of the efficacy of homeless prevention programs are plagued by a lack of accurate data. Survey and shelter administrative data, which is most frequently used in the field, can be expensive and unreliable due to self-reporting and mis-reporting. In light of this, LEO proposed using consumer data which tracks the mailing address of individuals throughout the nation to more accurately estimate housing stability. LEO used consumer reference data from Infutor Data Solutions to track individuals' mailing addresses and more accurately estimate housing stability. This data can be used for a multitude of research projects, including a national study on the effects of eviction on homelessness. LEO's first application of the Infutor data will be to reevaluate the effect of temporary financial assistance on homelessness as was studied in the initial HPCC evaluation, using Infutor data as a measure of homelessness.

News coverage:

Infutor Property Data Studied by the University of Notre Dame's Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO), USA Today, 7 May 2019