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From the City to the Suburbs: Characteristics of Suburban Neighborhoods Where Chicago Housing Choice Voucher Households Relocated

Urban Studies Research

Hindawi Limited

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      The Housing Choice Voucher program (HCV) is a federally supported demand-side housing subsidy. According to HCV, eligible households are encouraged to secure affordable housing in favorable neighborhoods, including suburban neighborhoods. To what extent, however, is the supply of affordable rental housing located in suburban communities that offer favorable amenities meeting the increased demand? Using theGeography of Opportunityas a framework, this study examines the mobility results of traditional HCV households who moved from the city of Chicago to surrounding suburban neighborhoods to reveal characteristics of destination communities. Findings indicate that HCV households tend to move into suburban renter neighborhoods that have high poor, African American, and female-headed household populations. Policy makers are encouraged to consider findings to improve life outcomes of suburban HCV program participants.

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            Journal
            Urban Studies Research
            Urban Studies Research
            Hindawi Limited
            2090-4185
            2090-4193
            2014
            2014
            : 2014
            :
            : 1-14
            10.1155/2014/787261
            © 2014

            http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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