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Substance Abuse and Housing
The following resources address children, youth, and families affected by substance abuse who are homeless or who are experiencing problems with housing.
New Directions in Supportive Housing for Families (PDF - 391 KB)
The Source: Newsletter of the National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center, 13(1), 2004
This issue describes the experiences and strategies of several substance abuse programs addressing housing and other social problems.
Attachment and Recovery: Caring for Substance Affected Families (PDF - 1342 KB)
The Connecticut Center for Effective Practice of the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut (2005)
Provides an overview of key issues facing families affected by substance abuse, and describes promising intervention approaches.
The Drug and Alcohol Services Information System (DASIS) Report: Homeless Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment: 2004
Office of Applied Studies (2006)
Characteristics and drugs of choice of homeless individuals admitted to substance abuse treatment in 2004.
Final Report of the TIES Program Evaluation: Team for Infants Endangered by Substance Abuse
Todd, Fuger, McDonald, Brown, & Nobles (2005)
Describes the activities and outcomes over four years of the TIES program, including an evaluation showing improvements for participants in becoming drug free, improving parenting skills, finding adequate housing, and gaining economic stability.
Local Public-Nonprofit Partnerships: Getting Better Results
Lesky, O'Sullivan, & Goodmon
Policy and Practice, 59(3), 2001
Includes a study of the effective collaboration of a transitional housing partnership in Wake County, North Carolina, in which two nonprofit agencies and a public housing services agency worked together to establish transitional homes for substance abusers or individuals with chronic mental heath problems.
Reaching the Hard to Reach: Innovative Housing for Homeless Youth Through Strategic Partnerships (PDF - 660 KB)
Child Welfare, 83(5), 2004
Features three housing programs designed to target the needs of youth aging out of child welfare, including a program that combines housing and treatment to move substance-dependent youth off the streets.
Substance Abuse Treatment: What Works for Homeless People? (PDF - 293 KB)
National Health Care for the Homeless Council (2002)
Information on engaging and retaining homeless clients in substance abuse treatment and a review of treatment modalities and programmatic approaches.
Treatment Outcome for Street-Living, Homeless Youth
Slesnick, Prestopnik, Meyers, & Glassman
Addictive Behaviors, 32(6), 2007
Examines the impact of a comprehensive intervention for homeless youth that addresses substance use, social stability, physical and mental health issues.