Cover: Public perceptions of housing allowances : the first two years

Public perceptions of housing allowances : the first two years

Published 1979

by Phyllis L. Ellickson, David E. Kanouse

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Reports public knowledge, attitudes, and expectations about the experimental housing allowance program during its first two years in Brown County, Wisconsin, and St. Joseph County, Indiana. Public awareness grew rapidly; by the end of the first year more than 80 percent of the households in each site said they had heard of the program. During that period that program also gained solid acceptance, although in St. Joseph County support from landlords declined somewhat from early levels. Most clients expressed satisfaction with the program and its staff, although many would like easier eligibility rules and increased benefits. In both sites, clients are viewed more favorably than welfare recipients, suggesting that the allowance program has become dissociated from a negative welfare image.

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