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Cityscape: Volume 14 Number 3 | Article 11


Residential Mobility: Implications for Families and Communities

Volume 14 Number 3

Mark D. Shroder
Michelle P. Matuga

Concentrated Out-Migration

Ron Wilson, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

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A primary question about the Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) is, “Do participants move far from their previous addresses when they relocate?” Most participants stay within the HCVP for an average of 4 years, but a small percentage of participants stay much longer. Using CrimeStat 3.3, I analyzed 2,891 HCVP participants whose Social Security numbers matched between 2000 and 2010 in the Baltimore metropolitan region to identify the mobility patterns of long-term participants.

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