Site-Based Services for Residents of Single-Room Occupancy Hotels

Melanie F Shepard

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This article describes an evaluation of an innovative site-based service program for residents of single-room occupancy hotels. The Growth and Achievement Program (GAP), a federal demonstration project, was designed to promote greater self-sufficiency among residents by providing social services and employment counseling to residents in their own environment. It was hypothesized that the program would increase educational attainment, job readiness, the ability to obtain and sustain employment, and monthly income for program clients compared with residents in nonparticipating housing units. The sample included 53 clients and 52 respondents in a matched comparison group at the six-month follow-up and 36 clients and 34 matches at the 12-month follow-up. Coal attainment scales and income data were used to measure program outcomes. GAP clients had significantly higher gain scores than did the comparison group and were much less likely to rely on public financial assistance as their primary source of income.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)585-592
Number of pages8
JournalSocial work
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1997


  • Evaluation
  • Poverty
  • Self-sufficiency
  • Single-room occupancy hotels
  • Site-based social services

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