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Housing Allowance Demand Experiment: The Search Behavior of Black Households in Pittsburgh in the Housing Allowance Demand Experiment

Release Date: 
June 1980 (129 pages)
Posted Date:   
February 1, 2012

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This report analyzes the experience of black households that searched for housing during the Housing Allowance Demand Experiment in Allegheny County (Pittsburgh). The focus of the report is the way in which the process of searching for housing helped to maintain the existing pattern of racially segregated housing 1n Allegheny County. Particular attention is given to the extent to which black households restricted their search for housing to black areas. The extent to which black households reported encountering racial discrimination when they searched in nonminority areas is also discussed. Differences in the effectiveness of housing market information for black and white searchers are analyzed. The report concludes with a discussion of some of the policy Implications of differences in the ease with which black and wh1te households locate housing.

This report is part of the collection of scanned historical documents available to the public.