The Housing Mobility Initiative PRRAC’s Housing Mobility Initiative is a multi-year effort to bring together mobility counseling agencies, public housing agencies, and housing integration advocates to develop research and advocacy strategies to influence the debate over the direction of voucher policy. Along with our partners in the civil rights community, we have consistently urged HUD to expand housing mobility in federal programs, and to remove impediments to mobility in the Housing Choice Voucher Program (“Section 8”). Our work is motivated by the insight that the housing voucher program, if administered well, is the most direct and promising means of delivering desegregated housing opportunities to low income families of color.
New in 2014: visit www.housingmobility.org!
PRRAC launches “Mobility Works”PRRAC is pleased to announce the launch of a new technical assistance project, "Mobility Works," a foundation-supported consortium of housing mobility practitioners, researchers, and policy experts that will assist housing agencies and non-profits seeking to develop comprehensive regional housing mobility programs. The Mobility Works team includes PRRAC, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and staff from three leading housing mobility practitioners - the Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership, Housing Choice Partners (Chicago), and the Inclusive Communities Project (Dallas). We will provide free technical assistance in selected jurisdictions, to help set the foundation for successful housing mobility programs, and we are also available to contract for technical assistance to PHAs and state or local government agencies. Services may include development of regional opportunity maps, analysis of PHA policies and practices in the context of HUD requirements, model briefing and counseling materials and staff training, and standards and procedures for landlord outreach, community tours, and one-on-one counseling assistance to clients. If appropriate, we may also assist PHAs or non-profits in applying for HUD funds or other state and local funding to support development of new mobility programs. The name "Mobility Works" comes from Betsy Julian's 2015 article calling for a federally funded housing mobility technical assistance initiative modeled on the Congressional chartered NeighborWorks community development program. We are grateful to the Kresge Foundation for a generous 2-year grant that helped us launch this project.
Proceedings from the 6th National Conference on Housing Mobility – "More Choices for More Families"July 15-16 2015, Chicago, IL. Sponsored by PRRAC, the Center on Budget & Policy Priorities, and the Metropolitan Planning Council.
Recent Policy Research
- ICP’s Apartment Survey Results Shows a Perpetuation of Residential Segregation as Entire Dallas Area Cities are Off-Limits to Housing Choice Voucher Holders (July 2017)
- Walking Away From The Wire Housing Mobility and Neighborhood Opportunity in Baltimore (Housing Policy Debate, March 2017)
- Stuck in Place? Maybe not. A report on the Chicago Regional Housing Choice Initiative (Housing Choice Partners, 2017)
- Alex Schwartz, Kirk McClure, Lydia B. Taghavi, “Vouchers and Neighborhood Distress: The Unrealized Potential for Families With Housing Choice Vouchers To Reside in Neighborhoods With Low Levels of Distress,” 18 Cityscape n. 3 (2016)
- March 2017 update of state and local laws prohibiting source of income discrimination (March 2017)
- Expanding Access to Housing Choice in Minneapolis (Quadel, February 2017)
- Encouraging Residential Moves to Opportunity Neighborhoods: An Experiment Testing Incentives Offered to Housing Voucher Recipients (HUD Office of Policy Development and Research, 2017)
- Housing Voucher Mobility in Lorain County, OH (The Housing Center, January 2017)
- Alex Schwartz , Kirk McClure, Lydia B. Taghavi, "Vouchers and Neighborhood Distress: The Unrealized Potential for Families With Housing Choice Vouchers To Reside in Neighborhoods With Low Levels of Distress" (Cityscape, December 2016)
- Mobility Works America by Elizabeth Julian (April-June 2016)
- Erin Graves, “Rooms for Improvement: A Qualitative Metasynthesis of the Housing Choice Voucher Program,” 26 Housing Policy Debate 346 (May 2016)
- Patterson, Kelly L.; Silverman, Robert Mark; Yin, Li; and Wu, Laiyun "Neighborhoods of Opportunity: Developing an Operational Definition for Planning and Policy Implementation," Journal of Public Management & Social Policy (March 2016)
- Materials from HUD sponsored meeting on expanding housing mobility programs (January 2016)
- Lenore Healy & Michael Lepley, Housing Voucher Mobility in Cuyahoga County (Housing Research & Advocacy Center, February 2016) – study of Housing Choice Voucher concentration in the Cleveland metropolitan area
- NEJM article on improvements in diabetes and obesity for women and girls in MTO demonstration
- MTO final evaluation summary of evidence on mental health improvements for women and girls
- Chetty, R., Hendren, N., & Katz, L.F. (2015). The Effects of Exposure to Better Neighborhoods on Children: New Evidence from the Moving to Opportunity Experiment. Cambridge, M.A.: Harvard University and National Bureau of Economic Research.
- Leveraging the Power of Place: Using Pay for Success to Support Housing Mobility, by Dan Rinzler, Low Income Investment Fund; Philip Tegeler, Poverty & Race Research Action Council; Mary Cunningham, Urban Institute; and Craig Pollack, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (San Francisco Federal Reserve, July 2015)
- Constraining Choice: The Role of Online Apartment Listing Services in the Housing Choice Voucher Program (July 2015)
- State, Local, and Federal Statutes against Source-of-Income Discrimination
- Peter Rosenblatt and Jennifer Cossyleon, "Take a Chance on Me": A Review of the Milwaukee County HOME Security Deposit Assistance Program (January 2015)
- "Not Worth the Risk: The Legal Consequences of the Refusal to Insure Properties with Section 8 Tenants" by Jean Zachariasiewicz (Banking & Financial Services Policy Report, December 2014)
- Bruce Katz and Margery Austin Turner: Streamline Administration of the Housing Choice (Brookings, October 2013)
- Mobility Works (Inclusive Communities Project, April 2013)
- Expanding Choice in the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (webinar slides, April 2013)
- Expanding Choice: Practical Strategies for Building a Successful Housing Mobility Program (February 2013)
- Policy Brief: Potential Sources of Funding for Housing Mobility Counseling Programs (August 2012)
- “Prescription for a New Neighborhood: Housing mobility can complement community revitalization for children with serious health challenges” (Shelterforce magazine, July 2012)
- Stefanie DeLuca, Learning from Voucher Families: Close Ups of the Search and Relocation Process in Mobile & Baltimore (Powerpoint presentation at HUD, July 2011)
- The Impact of Source of Income Laws on Voucher Utilization and Locational Outcomes by Lance Freeman (HUD PD&R, February 2011)
- “The Prospects for Guiding Housing Choice Voucher Households to High-Opportunity Neighborhoods,” by Kirk McClure, Cityscape, Vol. 12, No. 3 (January 2011)
- Getting Past “No”: Housing Choice Voucher Holders’ Experiences with Discrimination and Search Costs by Martha Galvez (prepared for PRRAC, May 2010)
- Other Housing Mobility Resources 2004-09
Recent Policy Advocacy
AFTER THOMPSON: Implications for the Wellbeing of Children
February 6-7, 2014
Proceedings from the 5th National Conference on Assisted Housing MobilityJune 11 and 12, 2012, Washington, DCCo-sponsored by PRRAC and the Urban InstituteMonday, June 11: Practitioner roundtable. How to build, strengthen, and support an effective regional housing mobility program - a structured learning exchange among new, emerging, and experienced housing mobility practitioners (contact Phil Tegeler for more information – email@example.com.)
Tuesday, June 12: Policy conference. Briefings from researchers and advocates, and dialogue with HUD staff on the latest developments in housing mobility policy – including prospects for expansion in the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, the Sustainable Communities program, and Section 8 policy reforms on the horizon.
The conference was held at the Urban Institute, 2100 M Street NW
Proceedings from the 4th National Conference on Assisted Housing Mobility
Proceedings from the 3rd National Conference on Assisted Housing MobilityKeeping the Promise: Preserving and Enhancing Housing Mobility in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program: Final Report of the Third National Conference on Housing Mobility (Philip Tegeler, Mary Cunningham, Margery Austin Turner, Eds) (December 2005)
Proceedings from the 2nd National Conference on Assisted Housing MobilityHousing Mobility: Realizing the Promise (December 1997) (by Margery Austin Turner and Kale Williams)
Proceedings from the 1st National Conference on Assisted Housing MobilityHousing Mobility: Promise or Illusion? (September 1995) (Alexander Polikoff, Ed.)