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Welcome to the PCHOOSE Study

Partner Site Information

The Person Centered Housing Options, Outcomes, Services,& Environment (PCHOOSE) Study is a research study aimed at understanding the risk of COVID-19 in supportive housing.

The PCHOOSE team from USC, UCLA, and Akido Labs is partnering with supportive housing organizations across Los Angeles to help enroll participants. Sites help identify potential study participants, connect them to the PCHOOSE team, and distribute phones for enrollees.

The study is currently seeking site partners that are enrolling people into Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH). Site partners are compensated for each participant who enrolls in the PCHOOSE study. We invite you to apply using the brief form below:

Frequently Asked Partner Questions: Person Centered Housing Options, Outcomes, Services,& Environment (PCHOOSE) Study

What is the study about?

The study is aimed at understanding the risk of COVID-19 in supportive housing. This survey asks questions on topics such as: quality of life, healthcare utilization, and health behaviors related to COVID.


To participate, individuals need to have been approved for permanent supportive supportive housing, be 18 years or older, speak English, and be able to provide informed consent.

What does the study involve?

Participants complete a baseline survey when they enroll in the study that is sent to them via text message. The baseline survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. Participants will then receive a shorter follow-up survey once a month for 6 months.

How do sites partner with the study? 

Partner sites help identify and connect potential participants to the study. Everyone who enrolls in the study is provided a smartphone that they can keep at the end of the study, plus an unlimited data plan for the duration of the study (6 months).

What happens if a PCHOOSE study phone is lost or stolen?

If a participant loses a study phone for any reason, we ask that you help notify the study team as soon as possible so that the phone can be locked and the data plan can be suspended. 

If study team members can’t have in-person contact, how do participants receive a study phone?

The study team can mail phones to service providers so that they can distribute to their clients who have agreed to participate. Phones can also be mailed directly to participants if they have a secure address to receive a package.

Are partner agencies compensated for helping to recruit study participants?

Yes, agencies will be compensated if they can refer 20 or more participants during the 6-month recruitment period. The amount of compensation will be commensurate with the number of people recruited from an agency. The amount is calculated based on $125 per person. These funds must be disbursed directly to agencies only, but agencies are free to distribute funds however they choose.


For example, if an agency helps recruit 20 people it would receive a $2,500 payment. There is no limit to the number of participants an agency can refer to the study, but recruitment will end once 800 participants have enrolled.

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