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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Office of Policy Development and Research

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Rent burden in the Housing Choice Voucher Program

Individual Author: 
Dawkins, Casey J.
Jeon, Jae Sik

This report examines trends in housing cost burden for Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) participants between the years of 2003 and 2015. Cross-sectional data in each of these years is analyzed and a cohort analysis is conducted of those participants who initially leased a unit in 2003 or 2008. The study finds that housing cost burdens for HCV participants have risen since 2003, and the year-to-year changes in housing cost burden roughly approximate trends in the recent housing market cycle and that housing cost burdens have been particularly high for those earning the lowest incomes.

Reducing work disincentives in the Housing Choice Voucher Program: Rent Reform Demonstration baseline report

Individual Author: 
Riccio, James
Deitch, Victoria
Verma, Nandita

The purpose of the Rent Reform Demonstration is to test an alternative to the current rent-setting system for families using housing choice vouchers (HCV). The goals of the alternative rent-setting model now being tested are to incentivize employment and reduce the complexity and burden (and, thus, the cost) of administering the rent policy, while not causing unnecessary hardship for HCV households.

The impacts of self-sufficiency interventions on recipients of rental housing subsidies: An exploratory analysis of data from selected randomized controlled trials

Individual Author: 
Riccio, James A.
Wiseman, Michael

This working paper explores the effects of various employment-advancement or antipoverty initiatives on labor market outcomes for participants in those programs who were also recipients of government rental subsidies. The findings are based on exploratory secondary analyses of data from a collection of randomized trials for which MDRC served as the evaluator. The purpose of these secondary analyses was to produce evidence that could help guide planning for future programs aiming to help housing-assistance recipients obtain, sustain, and advance in employment. (Author abstract)

Housing needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives in tribal areas: A report from the assessment of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian housing needs

Individual Author: 
Pindus, Nancy
Kingsley, G. Thomas
Biess, Jennifer
Levy, Diane
Simington, Jasmine
Hayes, Christopher

The centerpiece of the assessment of American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) housing conditions is the first ever national survey of American Indian and Alaska Native households in tribal areas. This survey sampled 1,340 AIAN households from 38 tribal areas and achieved a response rate of 60 percent. The survey offers information not available in existing census data sources, including estimates of electrical and heating problems, physical conditions problems, and the extent of "doubling up" among AIAN households in tribal areas.

A qualitative assessment of parental preschool choices and challenges among families experiencing homelessness

Individual Author: 
Stillman, Lindsey
Hurd, Kate
Kieffer, Charles
Taylor, Jamie
Gibson, Britton

Quality preschool education has a critical effect on later academic success, yet only a small percentage of young children experiencing homelessness are enrolled in preschool and little is known about the challenges and decisionmaking processes that affect these children’s participation in preschool. This paper responds to this knowledge gap.

Choice Neighborhoods: Baseline conditions and early progress

Individual Author: 
Pendall, Rolf
Hendey, Leah
Greenberg, David
Pettit, Kathryn L.S.
Levy, Diane
Khare, Amy
Gallagher, Megan
Joseph, Mark
Curley, Alexandra
Rasheed, Aesha
Latham, Nancy
Brecher, Audra
Hailey, Chantal

The Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (Choice) of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) aims to transform distressed, high-poverty rate neighborhoods into revitalized mixed-income neighborhoods. Its primary vehicle to catalyze this transformation is the rebuilding of distressed public and assisted housing into energy-efficient, mixed-income housing that is physically and financially viable. (author abstract)

Sustainable construction in Indian County: Charting a course to sustainability

Individual Author: 
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Fond du Lac Veterans Supportive Housing, which opened in 2013, is the most recent housing development for families and single people of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (FDL) designed to support homeless tribal members—in this case veterans—while also advancing the FDL’s commitment to the environment. Participation in a survey process that included reservation lands led FDL to identify several new areas of unmet need among homeless tribal members.

Transportation access, residential location, and economic opportunity: Evidence from two housing voucher experiments

Individual Author: 
Blumenberg, Evelyn
Pierce, Gregory
Smart, Michael

Access to automobiles may be particularly important to housing voucher recipients, who are more likely than residents of public housing to live in suburban neighborhoods where transit service is often limited. Access to high-quality public transit is more likely to benefit low-income households who live in dense central-city neighborhoods in close proximity to employment.

The effect of housing choice vouchers on welfare families: An experimental evaluation

Individual Author: 
Mills, Gregory
Gubits, Daniel
Orr, Larry
Long, David
Feins, Judie
Kaul, Bulbul
Wood, Michelle

From 1999 to 2006, Abt Associates conducted an experimental evaluation of the Welfare to Work Voucher Program for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The evaluation “Effects of Housing Vouchers on Welfare Families,” measured the impact of housing assistance for low-income families eligible for, or receiving, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

The Family Unification Program: A housing resource for youth aging out of foster care

Individual Author: 
Dion, M. Robin
Kleinman, Rebecca
Kauff, Jackie
Dworsky, Amy

When youth in foster care reach age 18 (age 21 in some states) and leave the child welfare system without having achieved permanency through reunification, adoption, or legal guardianship, they must abruptly transition to living independently. Unlike their peers, these youth typically must make the transition without financial or other support from parents. As a result, many who age out of foster care find themselves homeless or precariously housed.