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  • The Family Options Study
  • Volume 19, Number 3
  • Managing Editor: Mark D. Shroder
  • Associate Editor: Michelle P. Matuga

Family Options Study: Effects on Family Living Situation

Daniel Gubits
Tom McCall
Michelle Wood
Abt Associates

This article uses data from the Family Options Study to address several questions about family living situations after a stay in emergency shelter. (1) What are the families’ living situations, month by month, during the first 32 months after random assignment to one of the study’s interventions? (2) What are the relative impacts of the interventions on two particular living situations—living in the family’s own place and doubled up with a relative or friend? (3) What are the flows out of the status of living in the family’s own place over time and what are the impacts of the interventions on these flows?

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