Increasing Housing Stability: Assessing Two Promising Tenancy Support Models to Inform Local, State & National Policy & Practice

Location: Durham, North Carolina

PROJECT SUMMARY: We propose to study Tenancy Support Services (TSS), which provide assistance to individuals with obtaining and maintaining housing. Because of their association with housing stability, TSS services can now be covered by Medicaid and will be submitted as a new service option with North Carolina’s upcoming Medicaid waiver request. The project will explore the delivery of TSS by two agencies in North Carolina, Homeward Bound and the University of North Carolina Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health. Our study will investigate the outcomes of supportive services and the agency environments and practices that facilitate and hinder effective TSS delivery.

Increasing Housing Stability: Assessing Two Promising Tenancy Support Models to Inform Local, State & National Policy & Practice
TEAM MEMBERS

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  • Mina Silberberg, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina
  • Donna Biederman, DrPH, Assistant Professor, Duke University School of Nursing, Durham, North Carolina
  • Emily Carmody, LCSW, Program Director, North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness, Raleigh, North Carolina
"Homelessness is a public health issue that negatively impacts the health and life expectancy of those who are caught in a cycle of shelters, crisis services and institutions. By creating homeless service systems that can resolve homelessness quickly, we can reduce the negative impacts of homelessness on health and health care. Data and research are integral to understanding how changes in service systems affect our housing insecure population. They help to build the evidence-base needed for sustainable change."
— Emily Carmody

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