Housing Vouchers and Neighborhood Mobility

From Healthcare Triage.

We’re talking about housing for four weeks, thanks to the support of the RWJF! The Low Income Housing Tax Credit (last week’s episode topic) stimulates production in order to increase the supply of affordable housing available to poorer people in the United States. But there’s another way to tackle our housing problem, and that’s by targeting /demand/ by giving people vouchers to help them pay for housing and assisting them to move to higher opportunity neighborhoods. While helping people with their rent can be helpful, the real benefits start to accrue when people move to neighborhoods with more opportunity. Vouchers alone don’t insure that outcome.

Rebecca Gale wrote about this in a recent Health Affairs Policy Brief. It’s also the topic of this week’s HCT.

Resources used in the making of this episode:
-Housing Mobility Programs And Health Outcomes: https://tinyurl.com/y79c3aox
-HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHERS FACT SHEET: https://tinyurl.com/y92l4ts6
-One in four: America’s housing assistance lottery: https://tinyurl.com/yxobb4j4
-ICP’s Apartment Survey Results: https://tinyurl.com/y6qn9hxo
-A Guide to Small Area Fair Market Rents (SAFMRs): https://tinyurl.com/y4v5a8b4
-Realizing the Housing Voucher Program’s Potential to Enable Families to Move to Better Neighborhoods: https://tinyurl.com/y5qns63e
-Housing mobility – coming to a PHA near you?: https://tinyurl.com/y3aapx9g

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