Program size and cost for site I : new data from the screener survey

by Ira S. Lowry, Barbara M. Woodfill, Tiina Repnau

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Preliminary analysis of data collected by the 1973 screening survey conducted in Brown County, Wisconsin, on 7,447 households indicates that the population eligible for the experimental housing allowance program is significantly larger than the initial estimates based on Bureau of Labor statistics from the 1970 census. A change in the method for computing adjusted gross income revised the eligible number of households upward, while new survey figures on housing tenure, size and income of households, and standard cost of adequate housing pointed to higher projected average allowance costs as well. Although these conclusions were tentative, they implied a major discrepancy between program design and program funding. The study concluded that if HUD were unable to commit additional funding to the project, restrictions would have to be imposed on either enrollment or eligibility, or program standards would have to be tightened.

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