Preliminary estimates of enrollment rates and allowance costs

by Barbara M. Woodfill

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Estimates enrollment rates and payment costs of a housing allowance program for the United States and for Saginaw, Michigan, using a "housing gap" formula proposed for the Housing Assistance Supply Experiment. Associated with household size is a level of "disposable income" (gross income less income taxes, social security taxes, and work-related expenses) at which households can afford adequate housing; those with income below that level are eligible for assistance. In Saginaw, 16,200 households would have been eligible under the formula in 1970 (average allowance, $751; total annual cost, $12.2 million). For the nation as a whole, 20.3 million households would have been eligible (average allowance, $718; total annual cost, $14.6 billion). Excluding those under 62 slightly alters those figures. Twelve tables give projected distributions by household size and income for the United States, the Saginaw SMSA, and Saginaw central city; 15 other reference tables are given.

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