III. Industry Analysis
Last year, according to IBISworld.com, U.S. transitional housing businesses brought in revenues of $1.8 billion. Many industry employees work part-time, leading to an average wage per employee in the industry of only $13,000. This wage per employee is further lowered by the market situation at the time of this report.
As the American housing industry and its health is considered a driver for the American economy, key statistics such as new home sales, homes on the market, and average home prices are tracked constantly by news and reporting agencies. This housing industry data is the basis for determining the need for Transitional Housing.
Major revenue streams of the industry include: funding from federal, state, and local government grants, and private donations.
A recent study by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) found:
Participants in smaller transitional housing assistance programs were more likely to have their own place when they moved out of transitional housing.
Longer stays in transitional housing are associated with higher levels of educational attainment and employment at moveout, and greater likelihood of continued employment.
This bodes well for a small firm starting out with experienced leadership.