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Housing Vouchers Are Critical for Ending Family Homelessness
Jill Khadduri, Abt Associates, Inc.
Solutions Brief | January 29, 2008
Files: PDF | 142 KB | 8 pages
Housing vouchers are successful in helping families exit homelessness and can protect poor families from becoming homeless. The idea that adequate amounts of affordable rental housing would prevent and end family homelessness is intuitive. It is also firmly grounded in the research literature on the causes of homelessness and on the efficacy of programs that seek to end homelessness for individual families. This paper summarizes those research findings and draws out their implications for housing policymakers on all levels of government — in the first instance, for the federal government, which carries the responsibility for adequately funding the Housing Choice Voucher Program and for setting the parameters for the use of those housing subsidies.
In examining the research findings on this topic, the paper reaches several conclusions:
The brief concludes that the policy implications of this research is clear:
Based on all of this information, the paper concludes that housing vouchers are critical for ending family homelessness.