- Housing Discrimination Today
- Volume 17, Number 3
- Managing Editor: Mark D. Shroder
- Associate Editor: Michelle P. Matuga
What Happens to Housing Assistance Leavers?
Robin E. Smith
Susan J. Popkin
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Washington, D.C. Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education
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To assess whether federal housing assistance can encourage asset building and self-sufficiency, we need to know why households leave housing assistance and how they fare on their own. As a group, housing assistance leavers appear to be doing better than those still in public housing or receiving rent subsidies; they have higher incomes, are more likely to be married, and live in lower poverty, safer communities. Dividing unassisted households into those who left housing assistance for negative reasons and those who left for positive reasons highlights how those leaving for negative reasons are worse off and how those leaving for positive reasons are struggling. Such findings suggest the need for targeted approaches to support both groups.
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