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.

June 6, 2014

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Why families leave housing assistance.

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    How families describe leaving assistance.

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    How the characteristics of households leaving for positive reasons compare with those leaving for negative reasons.

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    How families no longer receiving federal housing assistance compare with those still receiving it.

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    How families describe their lives after leaving housing assistance.

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. 

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