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Preventing Homelessness: Evidence-Based Methods to Screen Adults and Families at Risk of Homelessness in Los Angeles


In this study, we evaluate the surveys used to screen adults and families who self-identify as being at risk of homelessness. Specifically, we evaluate screening surveys called Prevention Targeting Tools (PTTs) currently used by homelessness prevention service providers in the City and County of Los Angeles. The PTTs are used to determine whether people are eligible for prevention services. As a result of this research, we are proposing revised tools for single adults, families, and transition aged youth. The proposed tools are available in Appendix B: Revised Family, Adult and Transition-Age Youth PTTs. We also recommend changes to how the tools are administered and a continuous improvement process.

This work has been supported, in part, by the University of California Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives grants MRP-19-600774 and M21PR3278.

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