Monitoring the housing allowance program in St. Joseph County, Indiana : October-December 1976

by Nancy O'Nell, Wim Wiewel


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A description of 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 in the Housing Assistance Supply Experiment (HASE). The Note first gives a statistical overview of program operations. Next, it summarizes important events affecting the program, including changes to program standards; describes the reactions of individuals and groups to the program and reports new information on community opinions, confusion, and misinformation about it; evaluates program presentations made by the housing allowance office (HAO) to community groups; and analyzes media reports and HAO outreach efforts. Finally, it covers issues pertinent to HASE research on how suppliers of housing services respond to the program; and contains special studies of neighborhood and downtown problems and of the Belgian-American community.

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.

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