Patterns of Benefit Receipt among Families who Experience Homelessness

Publication Date: September 15, 2017

Introduction

What are the patterns of benefit receipt among families who experience homelessness? This brief uses data collected for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Family Options Study to analyze patterns of receipt of TANF cash assistance, SNAP food assistance, and publicly funded health insurance benefits among these families, with a focus on the characteristics of those receiving and not receiving benefits.

The brief:

  • Examines whether family characteristics, including age, marital status, and demographic characteristics relate to benefit receipt
  • Explores the relationship between benefit receipt and housing instability following an initial shelter stay
  • Examines whether help accessing benefits is related to families’ TANF receipt
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