Youth and Family Homelessness Prevention Initiative

Project Type: Housing

Project Stage: In Progress

King County, WA is experiencing a significant crisis of youth and family homelessness. At the end of 2016, more than 2,000 families and unaccompanied youth were awaiting housing placement in King County. This research project will evaluate the effectiveness of two different approaches to homelessness prevention. We will use a lottery to measure the effectiveness of (1) a combined program of progressive case management and flexible funds relative to (2) immediate financial assistance. This project will be conducted in the context of the Youth and Family Homelessness Prevention Initiative (YFHPI) in King County, where lawmakers are interested in assessing the effectiveness of the program's case management component. The results of this study will also be informative to policymakers and service providers in other communities that are interested in the most effective means of homelessness prevention. 

Department of Community and Human Services in King County

Government Agencies