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Cityscape: Volume 15 Number 3 | Guest Editors' Introduction


The goal of Cityscape is to bring high-quality original research on housing and community development issues to scholars, government officials, and practitioners. Cityscape is open to all relevant disciplines, including architecture, consumer research, demography, economics, engineering, ethnography, finance, geography, law, planning, political science, public policy, regional science, sociology, statistics, and urban studies.

Cityscape is published three times a year by the Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Rental Assistance and Crime

Volume 15, Number 3

Mark D. Shroder

Michelle P. Matuga

Guest Editors' Introduction: Housing programs, Assisted Populations, and Crime

Ron Wilson
Brent D. Mast
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The views expressed in this guest editors’ introduction are those of the authors and do not represent the official positions or policies of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The views and recommendations expressed in the symposium articles are those of the authors and are not necessarily endorsed or supported by the guest editors or HUD.


This symposium features rigorous research that objectively examines the relationship between assisted housing populations and crime. We use this symposium to identify and acknowledge the negative findings to more precisely identify their root causes and recommend appropriate policy responses. We also highlight the many positive findings regarding the effect of housing programs on assisted populations and their connection to crime problems. We particularly focus on how housing and criminal justice agencies can work together for a more unified approach to solving the problems assisted populations and their communities face. We hope the research in this symposium prompts more future research efforts to consider integrating knowledge from both criminal justice and housing research toward refining housing programs and policies to improve the quality of life with housing as a platform.

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