Client responses to housing requirements : the first two years

by Bruce William Lamar, Ira S. Lowry

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Traces the housing actions of enrollees in the experimental allowance program--4,213 in Brown County, Wisconsin, and 5,782 in St. Joseph County, Indiana--taken to qualify for payment during the first two years. The primary analytic device is a decision tree of housing allowance office (HAO) actions and client decisions. Among the findings: (1) about half the dwellings occupied by the applicants were acceptable to HAO and nearly all enrollees in acceptable (certifiable) dwellings stayed there and began receiving payments; (2) two-thirds of those in unacceptable dwellings repaired, one-tenth moved, and over one-fifth terminated; (3) the worst dwellings were least likely to be repaired; (4) few who failed to achieve certification tried very hard to do so; and (5) certification was most likely for low-income, elderly homeowners.

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