The purpose of this study is to examine how services and housing provided for homeless
families affect the mental health and behavior of homeless children over time.
This study is a supplement to a parent study which concentrates on the outcomes of homeless
mothers who are provided with services and housing. This study will focus on the effects of
housing and services on children, who may be the major beneficiaries of such assistance.
Participants are randomly assigned to either receive services and permanent housing or to
remain in a homeless shelter without additional assistance. Children and their parents are
interviewed separately 3, 9, and 15 months after study entry. The teachers of participating
children are surveyed twice during the study.
- Enrollment in the parent study
- Homeless and living at a shelter with mother/maternal guardian at the time of study
Judith A Samuels, MBA, PhD
The Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research