The Importance of Housing Benefits to Welfare Success

Brief

The Importance of Housing Benefits to Welfare Success

April 12, 2002

Abstract

This brief examines the incidence of housing assistance for a nationally representative sample of families in 1999, focusing on receipt by recent welfare status. The analysis compares housing assistance receipt among current and former welfare recipients, as well as families not on welfare in the previous two years, and examines the impact of housing assistance on employment, income, housing costs, and other outcomes of well-being.

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