This report examines the relationship between the Emergency Assistance program and the
prevention of family homelessness in Hennepin County. This analysis concentrations on
the policy window between June 2009 and December 2010, when Hennepin County modified
client eligibility requirements to meet an increase in demand for emergency support resulting
from the economic crisis. This change in policy allowed families in crisis to utilize Emergency
Assistance twice in a 12-month period rather than once, as the program’s typical eligibility
schedule permits. This policy change allows for an analysis comparing the single- and dual-disbursement
periods and their suggested effect on family homelessness.
Professional paper for the fulfillment of the Master of Public Policy
Ely, Kevin; González Arbeláez, Angela Maria; Hermanson, Lisa; Winters, Morgan.
An Evaluation of the Hennepin County Emergency Assistance Program's Relationship with Family Shelter Use.
Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
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