To understand whether housing assistance can encourage self-sufficiency, policymakers need to know whether families who leave housing assistance are better off. As such, using data from HUD’s Moving to Opportunity demonstration, this report explores the reasons that households leave housing assistance – and how their experiences compare with households that remain on assistance.
Households that leave housing assistance for positive reasons reported a median income of $37,865.
Households that leave housing assistance for negative reasons reported a median income of $13,950.
More than half of negative leavers indicated severe housing cost burdens.
Effects of the Great Recession
Foreclosure, economic uncertainty and unstable employment hit low-income families the hardest.
Statements & Quotations
Given the high costs and negative outcomes (especially for children) associated with homelessness, HUD should implement policies requiring housing authorities to target households that appear to be at risk of lease violations or eviction with intensive supports.
As part of any new debate, we need a real policy conversation about both the costs of not providing support to families who leave assistance as well as about not serving the far larger number of families who never manage to receive assistance in the first place.
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