County teams up with MIT to evaluate rent subsidy pilot program for seniors

Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) North America partners with the San Diego County's Office of Evaluation, Performance and Analytics to design a data-based randomised evaluation of the county's Shallow Rental Subsidy pilot programme, aimed at preventing homelessness amongst low-income senior citizens through provision of a rent subsidy.


The County of San Diego was selected Wednesday to team up with a Massachusetts Institute of Technology research center for assistance on evaluating a pilot program aimed at preventing low-income seniors from becoming homeless.

The county’s Office of Evaluation, Performance and Analytics will work with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT, also known as J-PAL North America. According to a county statement, together they will design a data-based “randomized evaluation” of the county’s Shallow Rental Subsidy Program. The program is intended to keep low-income seniors from becoming homeless by paying them a rent subsidy.

“This evaluation will help us understand if senior incentives work, if they keep people housed, and give us data about how to move forward,” said Ricardo Basurto-Dávila, head of OEPA.

The San Diego Union Tribune