What Happens to Housing Assistance Leavers?

Low-Income Working Families, Paper 27

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Urban Institute

June 6, 2014

Summary

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.

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Key Takeaway

Antidote to Shrinking Safety Nets

Shrinking safety nets leave low-income families more vulnerable than ever. To address this challenge, policies to reduce poverty and inequality are required, keeping in mind that the costs of not providing support to families in need exceed the costs associated with effective case management. 

Findings & Stats

Positive Leavers

Households that leave housing assistance for positive reasons reported a median income of $37,865.

Housing Hardship

More than half of negative leavers indicated severe housing cost burdens.

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