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Using HUD Administrative Data to Estimate Success Rates and Search Durations for New Voucher Recipients


Report Acceptance Date: December 2021 (31 pages)

Posted Date: February 23, 2023

This report seeks to use HUD administrative data to estimate “voucher success rates”—that is, the rate at which households that receive a housing choice voucher successfully find and lease units in the private market. Previous studies of voucher success rates have required costly data collection directly from PHAs. Conducting the analysis using existing HUD data would enable more frequent monitoring of this important metric. The methods presented in this report require further validation, but are promising. The authors estimate that nearly two-thirds of non-Moving to Work PHAs pass data quality standards and, in 2019, those PHAs had a 61 percent success rate.

Download HUD Voucher Success Rates Supplementary Spreadsheet Here (xlsx)


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