At HUD's request, the properties selected for this exploratory study fall into two categories: owner "opt-outs" of expiring project-based Section 8 contracts; and owner prepayments of HUD-insured or -assisted mortgages. Some properties fall into both categories. Eligible low-income households in these properties have been offered tenant-based Section 8 Rental Assistance (generally in the form of Section 8 vouchers) with the choice to either remain at the property or move elsewhere.
The goals of this research project were to:
- Describe the characteristics and situations of the developments that are converting;
- Identify factors that influence the decision of households receiving vouchers on whether to stay or move from developments that convert; and
- Describe outcomes for vouchered-out tenants (both movers and stayers), such as housing and neighborhood satisfaction and changes in rent.