Describes community events, activities, and attitudes that may affect HUD's experimental housing allowance program in St. Joseph County, Indiana, or bear on research issues addressed by the Housing Assistance Supply Experiment (HASE). The Note first gives a brief statistical overview of program operations. Next, it summarizes important events affecting the program; describes the reactions of individuals and groups in South Bend to the program and assesses community opinions, confusion, and misinformation about it; evaluates program presentations made by the housing allowance office to community groups; and analyzes media reports. Finally, it covers issues pertinent to HASE research questions and contains special studies of other community characteristics.
This report is part of the RAND Corporation Note series. The note was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1979 to 1993 that reported other outputs of sponsored research for general distribution.
Our mission to help improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis is enabled through our core values of quality and objectivity and our unwavering commitment to the highest level of integrity and ethical behavior. To help ensure our research and analysis are rigorous, objective, and nonpartisan, we subject our research publications to a robust and exacting quality-assurance process; avoid both the appearance and reality of financial and other conflicts of interest through staff training, project screening, and a policy of mandatory disclosure; and pursue transparency in our research engagements through our commitment to the open publication of our research findings and recommendations, disclosure of the source of funding of published research, and policies to ensure intellectual independence. For more information, visit www.rand.org/about/research-integrity.
The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.