The Division of Housing and Community Renewal

The Center for Human Services Research was awarded a contract by the Division of Housing and Community Renewal to conduct a qualitative study on housing in relation to grandparent and elderly relative caregivers of children.


This qualitative project seeks to give substance to NYS data on grandfamilies and housing cost, and to make connections between identified needs in grandfamily housing and existing infrastructures for affordable low-and moderate-income housing in New York State. In order to answer key questions about the needs and desires of individuals living in grandfamily housing the following five tasks will be conducted:
1) Review relevant applied research and scholarly literature on grandparents and grandfamily housing
2) Conduct interviews with experienced program professionals at statewide, regional and/or local levels of NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), and the State Office for the Aging (SOFA)
3) Conduct interviews with directors of local kinship care programs and coalitions across the state
4) Administer six focus groups with children and grandparents and elderly relatives caregivers reflecting diverse distribution of grandfamilies around the state
5) Generate a narrative report summarizing the findings and making recommendations derived from these findings.

Lara Kaye is the Principal Investigator and other members of the team include Eunju Lee and Lauren Polvere.