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Housing Choice Vouchers

Variable Definitions:
Housing Choice Vouchers: The number of housing units being subsidized by HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher program

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Years Available:
2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Why are these variables important to measure?

Housing Choice Vouchers
Started in 1974, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s Housing Choice Voucher Program provides housing vouchers to low-income families, and elderly and disabled people to help them afford housing by paying for private market housing units. Participants must meet certain income requirements and pay a portion of their income towards rent. The government voucher pays the remaining portion. 

Housing choice vouchers are an example of a “place-based” subsidized housing policy because they allow residents to choose their housing at any location in the private market instead of requiring them to live in a specific public housing development. Place-based subsidies have been an important initiative to decentralize urban poverty sometimes associated with public housing developments. 

“Housing choice vouchers fact sheet.” U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 7 March 2018. Link

“HUD’s public housing program.” U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 7 March 2018. Link

“Policy Basics: Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance.” Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. 7 March 2018. Link

“Renewal of Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance” U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 7 March 2018. Link.

Turner, Margery Austin. “Moving out of poverty: Expanding mobility and choice through tenant-based housing assistance.” Housing Policy Debate, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 373-394. Link

Woo, Ayoung, Kenneth Joh, and Shannon Van Zandt. “Impacts of the low-income housing tax cr4edit program on neighborhood housing turnover.” Urban Affairs Review, vol. 52, no. 2, pp. 247-279, 2016. Link. 

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