Reducing and Preventing Homelessness

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J-PAL North America’s work combating homelessness seeks to expand the base of rigorous evidence on strategies to reduce and prevent homelessness and promote housing stability. 

Evidence on Reducing Homelessness | Housing Stability Evaluation Incubator 

Request for Proposals | Current Projects

Our work is guided by an academic literature review of the existing evidence, which summaries the key lessons learned to date from randomized evaluations of homelessness programs. The review also outlines areas for future research and presents important considerations for designing evaluations of homelessness prevention or assistance programs. The key findings from the academic paper are summarized in J-PAL's Evidence Review, "Reducing and Prevening Homelessness: Lessons from Randomized Evaluations."

Through our Housing Stability Evaluation Incubator, we support nonprofit organizations, government agencies or offices, public housing authorities, Continuums of Care, and other organizations that operate programs or policies aimed at reducing homelessness and promoting housing stability to develop randomized evaluations that expand the base of rigorous evidence on strategies for reducing homelessness. Eligible organizations are invited to apply for pro bono technical assistance from J-PAL’s staff of policy and research experts to develop an evaluation idea, flexible proposal development funding of up to $50,000, and connections with J-PAL’s network of leading academic researchers.

Through the Request for Proposals, J-PAL affiliates and invited researchers are invited to submit proposals for randomized evaluations of strategies and innovations that address homelessness prevention and mitigation. 

Our current projects stand to contribute new insights on how best to support unhoused households in finding stable housing and support people at risk of losing their housing in remaining housed.

J-PAL North America has dedicated staffing and funding to support projects related to homelessness. Please contact Rohit Naimpally to learn more about the ways J-PAL can support randomized evaluations in this area.