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SUMMER 2015

Behind the Numbers: Estimating the Cost of HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher Program

Abt Associates and its partners RSG, Phineas Consulting, Quadel Consulting, and JRD & Associates recently completed a landmark study of the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, providing HUD with the first research-based estimates of how much it costs to administer the HCV program and a new proposed formula for funding the program’s administration by public housing agencies (PHAs). The HCV program is the federal government’s largest low-income housing assistance program, serving approximately 2.1 million households nationwide and administered locally by approximately 2,300 local, regional, and state PHAs.
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In House • A Column by Jeffrey Lubell

Preserving and Expanding Affordable Housing in Neighborhoods with Rising Rents and Home Prices


The latest research on economic mobility has underscored the importance of “place” and reminded us of the benefits of helping low-income families move to neighborhoods of opportunity. But neighborhoods are not static; they change. So another way to achieve racially integrated, mixed-income neighborhoods is to preserve and expand affordable housing in high-demand neighborhoods even as higher income households move in. A new guidebook I co-wrote, published by ChangeLab Solutions, describes policy tools for achieving this objective. My column provides an overview.
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Analysis of Neighborhood Stabilization Program shows Mixed Results


Between 2008 and 2010, Congress authorized $6.9 billion in three separate enactments to create and support Neighborhood Stabilization Programs (NSP) intended to help stabilize communities affected by foreclosures. Abt Associates evaluated the second round of NSP funding (NSP2), which distributed $1.9 billion to grantees for investments in properties in the hardest hit neighborhoods. The study’s findings provide little evidence that NSP2 activities significantly affected key neighborhood outcomes.
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What We're Talking About

Short-Term Funds With Long-Term Impact

Korrin L. Bishop
ShelterForce (published by the National Housing Institute)
January 30, 2015


In this article, Bishop looks at a three-year, $1.5 billion initiative called the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) and investigates any long-term impact HPRP may have had on ending homelessness in the United States.  As part of her research, she interviewed local, state, and federal individuals responsible for HPRP, including direct service providers, local and state grantees, technical assistance providers, and federal administrators. Her article provides a reflection on HPRP from a community viewpoint.

Changes at the MAC Could Help End Homelessness in Humboldt

Korrin L. Bishop
Lost Coast Outpost
February 10, 2015

 
Humboldt County, California is currently looking to redesign its homelessness services system to implement a Housing First approach.  In this op-ed, Bishop explains why this is a promising change for the community and how it aligns with federal goals to end homelessness in the United States.






 

Location, Location, Location! Measurable Benefits For Residents of Public Housing Developments Located in High-Income Neighborhoods


A new study by Abt Associates, conducted for New York City's Center for Economic Opportunity, found that public housing residents whose developments are located in persistently high-income neighborhoods have higher household earnings, lower violent crime rates, and public schools with higher standardized test rates than residents whose developments are located in consistently low-income neighborhoods.
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What We're Talking About

Strengthening Communities through Risk Avoidance, Mitigation and Response

Jill Khadduri, Jeffery Lubell, Rolf Pendall
April 21, 2015

 
This webinar explored the potential for a risk and resilience framework to help housing and community development practitioners and policymakers develop more effective programs and prioritize possible approaches for action. Taking the system for preventing and addressing homelessness as a case study, participants discussed opportunities for strengthening individuals, communities and regions by helping to reduce the incidence of risky events, mitigate the effects of risk, and helping vulnerable populations respond when affected by negative shocks.

Live Webcast Briefing of Abt's Landmark Study of HUD Housing Choice Voucher Program Costs

Jennifer Turnham
April 17, 2015

 
On Friday April 17, 2015, HUD held a Public Briefing live and via webcast to release the Housing Choice Voucher Program Administrative Fee Study. The event was for Public Housing Agencies (PHAs), PHA industry groups, HUD staff, and other interested stakeholders to learn about the study methodology and to hear the study results firsthand. More than 400 people registered for the webcast. Jennifer Turnham, Project Manager for the study, presented on the study findings and participated in a Q&A session with HUD staff.

 
At Home is a quarterly e-newsletter from the Housing and Communities Practice at Abt Associates, featuring the latest research results and expert insights about housing and community development issues.
 
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