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Housing Allowance Demand Experiment: Subjective Assessment of Neighborhoods in the Housing Allowance Demand Experiment

Release Date: 
June 1980 (103 pages)
Posted Date:   
February 1, 2012

This report examines the relationship between participation 20 allowance programs and participants' subjective perceptions of the quality of their neighborhoods. Five different measures of perceived neighborhood quality are examined: overall level of expressed neighborhood satisfaction, public services, private services, neighborhood problems, and strength of social bonds. The report presents estimates of the direction, magnitude, and significance of the effects of the various housing allowance plans on recipients' evaluations of their neighborhoods. The major finding is that program participants that moved 1.0 the two-year interval after enrollment resided in neighborhoods where they had less frequent and less friendly interaction with their neighbors and had fewer relatives and other persons of similar background than would be expected to be the case in the absence of the program. This was especially the case for those that did not meet program housing standards at enrollment and subsequently moved.

This report is part of the collection of scanned historical documents available to the public.