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.

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

Through our Housing Stability Evaluation Incubator, we support organizations with developing 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.

Key Facts

  • Research RFP: Closed
  • Partner RFP: Closed
Open to organizations fighting homelessness and J-PAL affiliated researchers and invited researchers.
For Partners

Housing Stability Evaluation Incubator

Through the Housing Stability Evaluation Incubator, organizations can apply for technical assistance from J-PAL staff, flexible funding, and connections with J-PAL’s network of researchers to develop randomized evaluations related to homelessness.

For Researchers

Request for Proposals

This special topic request for proposals is focused on randomized evaluations of services targeted towards individuals and families experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, homelessness.

Initiative Staff

Amanda Lee, Research Manager

Laina Sonterblum, Policy Associate

Anisha Sehgal, Policy Associate