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The schedule for the standard cost of adequate housing (R*) was developed for St. Joseph County, Indiana (Site II of the Housing Assistance Supply Experiment) according to data from an intermediate screening survey file on 10,008 housing units. Standards of adequate housing were measured by two basic elements: housing quality, determined by six indicators, and space, calculated by relating housing unit size to the size and composition of the occupying household. The schedule for R* was based entirely on gross rent for rental housing units; however, RAND proposed the application of identical standards to renters and homeowners alike. Except for R*, RAND's recommendations assumed that program standards adopted for Brown County, Wisconsin (Site I), would apply equally to St. Joseph County. Comparisons between the two sites were made to show differences in their housing markets, and to alert analysts to the implications of those differences.

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