Housing allowances and administrative efficiency

by G. Thomas Kingsley

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This Note examines administrative costs in the housing allowance programs operated as a part of the Housing Assistance Supply Experiment from 1974 through 1980. It has three major purposes: (1) To determine HAO costs per unit of service provided (in total and for component administrative functions) and examine how those costs changed in the five-year analysis period. (2) To use the information gathered to shed light on the determinants of administrative cost and the way various determinants interact to affect program outcomes. (3) To draw implications of relevance for regular operating programs, particularly the local Public Housing Authorities that now administer the Section 8 Existing Housing program and would have responsibilities for administering a national housing allowance (or voucher) program if one is enacted.

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