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Multidisciplinary Research Team Reports

Posted Date:   
April 17, 2015

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PD&R developed the Multidisciplinary Research Team (MDRT) vehicle to manage a team of qualified researchers. Researchers are selected for their expertise to produce an array of high quality, short-turnaround research. MDRT researchers use a variety of HUD and external data sources to answer research questions relating to HUD’s priority policies and strategic goals.

Current projects underway through MDRT include:

Accessibility of America’s Housing Stock

Analysis of accessibility of the U.S. housing stock by housing market characteristics as well as resident characteristics using core American Housing Survey (AHS) data and 2011 AHS topical module on accessibility.

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Assessment of Economic Opportunity Metrics for HUD-Assisted Renters

This study develops and explores four metrics that potentially could support the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s goal of increasing economic opportunity for renter households assisted by public housing, assisted multifamily housing, and Housing Choice Voucher programs.

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Deriving Local Trend Factors for Fair Market Rent Estimation

In the fall of 2018, PD&R tasked a multi-disciplinary research team to explore ways to refine HUD’s current methodology, particularly as it relates to calculating a trend factor, to address public and Congressional concerns.

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Landlord Participation Study

The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program is the largest rental housing subsidy program in the United States and has the potential to increase housing options for low-income families. In order to realize this potential, however, the program must attract landlords who accept housing choice vouchers.

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Length of Stay in Assisted Housing

This study examines the length of time that households participate in assisted housing programs administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The research uses HUD administrative data from 1995 through 2015 to examine program and household variations and trends in length of stay and factors affecting length of program participation.

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Market Predictors of Homelessness: How Housing and Community Factors Shape Homelessness Rates Within Continuums of Care

Homelessness is an acknowledged problem in many places, though its causes are myriad and may vary based on the characteristics of respective communities. This report investigates heterogeneity in community-level rates of sheltered and unsheltered homelessness, separately and combined, and provides insight into underlying community-level factors associated with homelessness across the United States.

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Multifamily Preservation Study: Opting In, Opting Out, a Decade Later

Study of multifamily housing preservation, rates of prepayment and opting out of HUD assistance contracts using administrative data.

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Picture of Disability and Designated Housing

Analysis of need and availability of designated accessible housing for persons with disabilities in HUD assisted housing using HUD administrative data, American Community Survey (ACS), and Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategy (CHAS) data.

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Quality of America’s Assisted Housing Stock: Analysis of the 2011 and 2013 AHS

Analysis of housing quality comparing both assisted housing and comparable unassisted housing stock using housing quality indices developed from 2011 and 2013 American Housing Survey data.

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Rent Burden in the Housing Choice Voucher Program

This report examines trends in housing cost burden for Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) participants between the years of 2003 and 2015. Cross-sectional data in each of these years is analyzed and a cohort analysis is conducted of those participants who initially leased a unit in 2003 or 2008.

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