Departmental Papers (SPP)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

January 2006


Emergency shelters, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing are distinct programmatic responses to address the housing and service needs of the homeless population under the Continuum of Care (CoC) model for homeless service delivery. Using organizational-level data collected from a multi-site survey of 300 homeless residential programs in 14 communities, this study examines the extent to which operationalization of these programs is in accordance with the CoC model. Findings suggest consistency with as well as deviation from the CoC model in the operationalization of homeless residential programs. Recommendations are provided for local community service planning and development that can assure effective delivery of services for meeting the needs of homeless people.


Reprinted from Administration in Social Work, Volume 30, Issue 1, 2006, pages 67-94.
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continuum of care, homeless service delivery, management practices, organizational analysis



Date Posted: 02 January 2007

This document has been peer reviewed.