Although the families getting housing vouchers had “significantly better outcomes” in the short term, the question remains: will the vouchers help them “exit homelessness” over the long term?
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A study prepared for the Department of Housing and Urban Development says homeless families who get permanent housing subsidies and no social services do better than homeless families who get limited housing subsidies plus social services.

Over an 18-month period — between September of 2010 and January 2012 — a total of 2,282 homeless families were randomly assigned to one of four interventions: