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Housing Strategies to Strengthen Welfare Policy and Support Working Families
April 2002, The Brookings Institution, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Research Brief, Barbara Sard and Margy Waller

The affordable housing gap has adverse consequences for low-income families trying to work. The demand for affordable housing is increasing and already far exceeds supply. Much of the current stock of affordable housing is located in places that have limited employment opportunities, and they are a long distance from centers of job growth. An expanding body of research suggests that providing housing assistance to low-income families and enabling families to live closer to employment opportunities may help welfare recipients get and keep jobs. The reauthorization of welfare this year, and the consideration of major housing bills, provide opportunities to make changes that would support these welfare policy goals. This brief offers a policy agenda to reduce the affordable housing gap, encourage household location decisions that are closer to jobs and support replication of housing strategies that appear to increase the likelihood of a successful transition from welfare to work.

(Adapted from information in Housing Strategies to Strengthen Welfare Policy and Support Working Families, The Brookings Institution and Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Research Brief, April 2002, pg. 1, http://www.brookings.edu/es/urban/publications/sardwallerhousingwelfare.pdf, and used with the permission of The Brookings Institution and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)


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