In HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R), our mission is to provide reliable and objective housing research and market data to our constituents, as well as skilled analysis that assists HUD's leadership in making informed policy decisions. We focus on finding definitive answers to questions about what programs work and how they can be made to work better, through quick-turnaround studies and conferences, as well as through long-term evaluations that systematically measure performance outcomes and suggest possible cost-effective enhancements.
Click here to see PD&R’s current research projects and activities, summarized and arranged by the primary goals in HUD’s Strategic Plan listed on the right. While not a comprehensive list, this housing and community development research is typical of the activity at PD&R that meets the needs of housing policymakers and stakeholders. Please check periodically for updates and new research activities.
Housing for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care: A Review of the Literature and Program Typology
In this document, we summarize what is known about the housing needs and outcomes common to young people who age out of foster care. We explore the current landscape of programs and resources available to assist such young adults with housing. In the first section, we review the literature on the characteristics of the young people, their risk of homelessness, and the barriers they face in securing stable housing, along with relevant federal and, to a lesser extent, state policies. In the second section, we describe a wide range of housing programs for young people aging out of foster care, present a program typology, and conclude with the identification of a small group of innovative housing programs that may warrant closer exploration. Learn More »