Research Report What Happens to Housing Assistance Leavers?
Robin E. Smith, Susan J. Popkin, Taz George, Jennifer Comey
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To assess whether federal housing assistance can encourage asset building and self-sufficiency, we need to know why families leave housing assistance and how they fare on their own. As a group, housing assistance leavers appear to be doing better than those still in public housing or receiving rent subsidies; they have higher incomes, are more likely to be married, and live in lower-poverty, safer communities. Dividing the unassisted highlights how those leaving assistance for negative reasons are worse off and how those leaving for positive reasons are struggling. Such findings suggest the need for targeted approaches to support both groups.
Research Areas Families Social safety net Housing
Tags Federal housing programs and policies Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Economic well-being Families with low incomes