Expanding Housing Choices for Hud-Assisted Families: Moving to Opportunity for Fair Housing Demonstration

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DIANE Publishing, 1997 - 31 pages
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Inspired by the Gautreaux housing mobility program in Chicago, Moving to Opportunity (MTO) is an experimental demonstration and research project designed to evaluate the impacts of helping low-income families move from public and assisted housing in high-poverty inner-city neighborhoods to better housing, education, and employment opportunities in low-poverty communities throughout a metropolitan area. Funding covers 1,300 low-income families at five demonstration sites: Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles.

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Page 11 - ... socio-economic attributes, they do appear to differ in one important respect - - fear of crime. Baseline survey data indicate that crime victimization rates among MTO applicants are dramatically higher than among public housing residents generally. Nearly half of MTO applicants (47.8 percent) said that they had been a victim of crime within the last six months. 10 In contrast, a recent HUD survey found that only 5.4 percent of residents in the largest PHAs 11 reported being crime victims in the...
Page 11 - MTO applicants (54.8 percent) listed crime as their primary reason, and another 30.8 percent listed it as their secondary reason. Better housing conditions and better schools are also important reasons why families choose to participate in the MTO demonstration...
Page 18 - Shelter, a non-profit agency which provides housing and supportive services to homeless and at -risk families, is responsible for providing comprehensive social services to help families stabilize in the new communities after they move. Services provided by Beyond Shelter include: budgeting education, family counseling, crisis intervention, liaison with schools, provision of furnishings and household items, and referrals to child care and job training. In short, FHC helps MTO families move, while...
Page 16 - Hispánica, and 45 percent were African American. MTO outreach efforts in Boston began in April 1994, with an informational meeting for managers of the targeted housing developments. After a series of family outreach meetings in late June and early July of 1994, BHA received more than a thousand valid applications, and random assignment began in October. lll|^ lilillfpA MBHP's role includes providing f|!lii|p^ MTO families with counseling and information to help them find housing in low-poverty areas....

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