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Mobility of Section 8 families in Alameda County
- Lahr, Michael L., Gibbs, Robert M.
- Journal of housing economics 2002 v.11 no.3 pp. 187
- low income households, social services, governmental programs and projects, issues and policy, sociodemographic characteristics, motivation, California
- During the early 1990s, Section 8 vouchers were touted by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as the way to provide greater housing choice for the poor while also deconcentrating them. Toward the end of the 1990s, however, evidence mounted that the voucher system was not deconcentrating the poor. In response, HUD developed a set of five major demonstration programs that supplemented the vouchers with various arrays of social services. While waiting for results of these programs to return, HUD discovered that Section 8 participants in local housing authorities in Alameda County, California, were experiencing an unexpected amount of interjurisdictional mobility toward suburban locations. Using a local database of 16,951 Section 8 families and both logit and multinomial logit analysis, this paper presents a cursory examination into the motivations of their suburban mobility.