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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Glendening, Zachary Shaw
URN etd-07072017-201128
Title Risk Models for Returns to Housing Instability Among Families Experiencing Homelessness
Degree Master of Science
Department Human and Organizational Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Marybeth Shinn Committee Chair
Douglas D. Perkins Committee Member
  • prevention
  • risk models
  • family homelessness
Date of Defense 2017-06-04
Availability unrestricted
Family housing instability is a persistent public health issue in the U.S. This study developed risk models for returns to housing instability among previously homeless families. Participants include 466 families assigned to receive priority offers of long-term housing subsidies and 578 families assigned to usual care in a random assignment housing intervention experiment. Relationships between family characteristics recorded at shelter entry and returns to housing instability 20 months later were examined empirically. Correlation, logistic regression, and receiver operating characteristic curves were used to combine family characteristics into predictive risk models. Results indicated that few observable family characteristics beyond previous housing instability and economic support offered predictive utility. Access to affordable healthcare, reliable employment, effective substance dependence treatment, long-term housing subsidies, and disability benefits like SSI and SSDI may reduce housing instability.
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