Measuring eligibility and participation in the Housing Assistance Supply Experiment

by Grace M. Carter, Steven L. Balch

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The Housing Assistance Supply Experiment provided monthly cash payments to low-income households in Brown County, Wisconsin, and St. Joseph County, Indiana, to help them afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing. Data for this report came from the household surveys administered annually to occupants of a stratified sample of housing units in each site. This report estimates the size and composition of the population of households eligible to receive housing allowances; analyzes changes in that population over time, including flows of individual households into and out of eligibility; and combines the eligibility estimates with counts of enrollees and recipients to estimate rates of participation for various types of households. A logit model was used to estimate the probability that a household was eligible on the basis of demographic variables; the distribution of subgroups within the population of each stratum was estimated by an empirical Bayes procedure based on the Dirichlet distribution.

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