Phasing out the experimental housing allowance program in St. Joseph County, Indiana

by W. Eugene Rizor

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The experimental housing allowance program in St. Joseph County, Indiana, is scheduled to end in September 1984. HUD plans to phase out the program by converting funding authority to its Sec. 8 program and transferring allowance recipients who are eligible to Sec. 8. This study (1) compares the housing allowance and Sec. 8 programs to determine allowance recipients' ability to transfer to Sec. 8; (2) examines normal procedures for converting authority to Sec. 8 and estimates effects of their application in St. Joseph County; (3) examines effects of the conversion on program administration; and (4) identifies effects of the phaseout on the community. Key findings are: (1) more than half of the 8,000 allowance recipients are ineligible for Sec. 8, and (2) normal procedures would convert less than 15 percent of current funding to Sec. 8. Options are examined to moderate adverse effects of the conversion and phaseout for participants, program administrators, and the community.

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