The multisite Housing Opportunity and Services Together (HOST) demonstration is an effort to test strategies that use housing as a platform for services to improve the life chances of vulnerable children, youth, and adults. This brief provides an overview of the project's early challenges and successes to offer practitioners insights on the planning and design of dual-generation interventions and to inform policy supporting comprehensive place-based initiatives. Information is provided on the development of HOST, the goal of HOST to identify strategies and services that help the families at greatest risk and offer the best potential for strengthening the community, and HOST partners and program models. Strategies that are being used to build a collaborative program are described, as well as the design of the Chicago Housing Authority and Home Forward HOST programs, lessons learned from the start-up of these two programs, and how the programs will be evaluated. 1 figure, 1 table, and 5 references. (Author abstract modified)
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Planning the Housing Opportunity and Services Together Demonstration: Challenges and Lessons Learned.