Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

Research & Data Analysis Division

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Washington State’s Housing and Essential Needs Program

Impacts on Housing Status, Use of Food Assistance, Arrests, Incarcerations, and Health Outcomes

The Housing and Essential Needs (HEN) program was implemented in November 2011 and was one of three programs to replace the Disability Lifeline (DL) cash assistance program. To evaluate the impact of HEN over a six-month follow-up period, we compared outcomes for those who received HEN services to two statistically well-matched comparison groups who had similar baseline characteristics but did not receive HEN services. Compared to both comparison groups, we find that HEN recipients: 1. Experienced greater housing stability. 2. Remained connected to Basic Food assistance at significantly higher rates. 3. Were less likely to be incarcerated in a state Department of Corrections facility.