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A schedule of the standard cost of adequate housing for households of various sizes is proposed for use in computing allowance payments to households enrolled in an experimental housing allowance program to be conducted in Brown County, Wisconsin. The schedule was derived mainly from data collected by RAND in a marketwide survey of rented dwellings conducted in the fall of 1973. The surveyed dwellings were classified as to gross rent, size, and quality. The standard cost for each size of dwelling was defined as the midpoint of the gross rent interval within which a specified percentage of all dwellings met the housing quality standards to be applied in the allowance program. Feasibility of the standards was examined in light of the housing circumstances of households both eligible and ineligible to participate.

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