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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.

Small Area FMRS

Source of Income Discrimination

New Housing Mobility Demonstration Bill Moving through Congress!

7th National Housing Mobility Conference scheduled for October 16-17, 2018

[Stay tuned for details]

The “Mobility Works” Initiative

In 2016, PRRAC launched 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. See also:

Recent Policy Research

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Conferences 2010-2016

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.After Thompson: Implications for the Wellbeing of Children February 6-7, 2014Proceedings from the 5th National Conference on Assisted Housing Mobility
June 11 and 12, 2012, Washington, DC
Co-sponsored by PRRAC and the Urban Institute
Monday, 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 –

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 MobilityProceedings from the 3rd National Conference on Assisted Housing Mobility

Proceedings from the 2nd National Conference on Assisted Housing Mobility

Proceedings from the 1st National Conference on Assisted Housing Mobility


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