Project: Study of the Impact of a Rental Subsidy on Food Security of Welfare-Eligible Families
Award Year: 2006
Amount of award, fiscal 2006: $60,000.00
Institution: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Principal Investigator: Paul Dornan
Status: Completed
Detailed Objective: The Welfare to Work Voucher Program, established in 1999, provided housing vouchers to help improve the housing location of families eligible for participation in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. To evaluate the program, housing vouchers were randomly assigned to an experimental group of TANF-eligible families in six sites across the United States. A research sample of 8,773 families was enrolled between April 2000 and May 2001, with 4,712 assigned to the treatment group and 4,061 assigned to the control group. A large body of data has been collected on all sample members, using administrative records (to track the use of housing assistance and the receipt of wages, TANF benefits, and food stamps) and Census files (to provide tract-level neighborhood indicators). This study assesses how exogenous variation in receipt of a housing voucher (and the resulting change in housing expenditures and housing mobility) affects households' food security and food expenditures.
Topic: Food Security
Mills, G., D. Gubits, L. Orr, D. Long, J. Feins, B. Kaul, M. Wood, and A. Jones. Effects of Housing Vouchers on Welfare Families, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Policy Development and Research, September 2006.