Senior Policy Analyst
Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) not only enable low-income families to afford decent, stable housing but they can also help them live in better neighborhoods, which research shows has a powerful impact on children’s chances of long-term health and success. Yet 315,000 children in families using vouchers live in extremely poor neighborhoods. Our major new report recommends four sets of interrelated federal policy changes that can improve the performance of the nation’s largest rental assistance program in enabling families to move to safer, higher-opportunity areas with good schools:
Some families will choose to remain in their current neighborhood —to remain close to their job, family, or child care, for example — even if they face fewer barriers to moving to areas with more opportunities. But the policy changes listed above could enable many more families that choose to move to significantly improve their lives and, together, those policy changes would take a modest but important step forward in reducing intergenerational poverty.