How Do Changes In Housing Voucher Design Affect Rent and Neighborhood Quality?
58 Pages Posted: 24 Apr 2013 Last revised: 16 Feb 2018
Date Written: June 30, 2017
U.S. housing voucher holders pay their landlord a fraction of household income and the government pays the rest, up to a rent ceiling. We study how two types of changes to the rent ceiling affect landlords and tenants. A policy that makes vouchers more generous across a metro area benefits landlords through increased rents, with minimal impact on neighborhood and unit quality. A second policy that indexes rent ceilings to neighborhood rents leads voucher holders to move in higher-quality neighborhoods with lower crime, poverty and unemployment.
Keywords: Incidence, Vouchers, Housing, Neighborhoods
JEL Classification: H22, H53, R21, R31
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