Section 8 Tenant-Based Housing Assistance: A Look Back After 30 Years
Release Date: March 2000
Posted Date: March 1, 2000

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Section 8 Tenant-Based Housing Assistance: A Look Back After 30 Years presents a short history of the program, explores the reasons for the program's growth, describes the design elements that contribute to the program's success, and discusses some concerns that have been raised about the program and how the Department is addressing them. In particular, the report addresses three related issues: Is the policy of using tenant-based assistance to deconcentrate public housing beneficial to the lives of the families who participate and the neighborhoods involved? Have there been instances where Section 8 recipients end up clustered in particular neighborhoods, and does the clustering of program recipients have negative impacts on the health of those neighborhoods? Are there truly neighborhood problems caused or exacerbated by the way the Section 8 program is operated?

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