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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Secretary Shaun Donovan
Call for Papers

We invite paper submissions for a special issue in Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research on various aspects of rental assistance programs, the served populations, and their relationship to crime. We encourage papers on a variety of topics related to rental assistance and crime including, but not limited to, the following:

    • Spatial effects and other geographic factors;
    • Changes in neighborhood characteristics;
    • Family structures and household compositions;
    • Social and family networks;
    • Poverty and proximity to jobs;
    • Access to treatment, support, and services;
    • Community perceptions and fears of being victimized; and
    • Policies and programs.

Submission proposals may be theoretical or empirical but must be original work. Papers that provide discussions on policy implications are strongly encouraged. Summaries of empirical work will also be considered.

Please submit a one page abstract describing the proposed manuscript. All invited submissions will be peer-reviewed by at least two blind reviewers and the editors. All submissions accepted by the editors will appear in the special issue, but authors will be responsible for addressing all issues raised by the reviewers and editors. The submission deadline for abstracts of articles is Monday, September 10, 2012. Abstracts may be submitted electronically to Questions or requests for additional information may be directed to either or

The goal of Cityscape is to bring high-quality original research on housing and community development issues to scholars, government officials, and practitioners. Cityscape is open to all relevant disciplines, including architecture, consumer research, demography, economics, engineering, ethnography, finance, geography, law, planning, political science, public policy, regional science, sociology, statistics, and urban studies.


Ronald E. Wilson
Social Science Analyst
Office of Policy Development & Research (PD&R)
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Brent D. Mast, Ph.D.
Social Science Analyst
Office of Policy Development & Research (PD&R)
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

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