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Facing SegregationHousing Policy Solutions for a Stronger Society$
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Molly W. Metzger and Henry S. Webber

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190862305

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190862305.001.0001

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Enabling More Families with Housing Vouchers to Access Higher-Opportunity Neighborhoods

Enabling More Families with Housing Vouchers to Access Higher-Opportunity Neighborhoods

(p.92) 6 Enabling More Families with Housing Vouchers to Access Higher-Opportunity Neighborhoods
Facing Segregation

Barbara Sard

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, which helps more than two million low-income households—nearly half with minor children in the home—to pay for modestly priced, decent-quality homes in the private market. The program has reduced housing cost burdens, decreased homelessness, and increased housing stability, but vouchers currently do less than they could to help families live in low-poverty, high-opportunity neighborhoods. Public housing agencies have flexibility to implement strategies to improve location outcomes in their HCV programs. But unless changes in federal policy encourage them to take such steps and to modify counterproductive policies—and reliable funding is available to maintain the number of families receiving HCV assistance and to administer the program effectively—there is little reason to expect better results. Federal, state, and local agencies can make four sets of interrelated policy changes that will help families in the HCV program to live in better locations.

Keywords:   Community Development Block Grant, fair market rent, federal policy, homelessness, Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, housing mobility, Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, public housing agencies, Section 8 Management Assessment Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

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