PHAs are developing innovative strategies to enable more voucher residents to live in high opportunity neighborhoods with access to resources critical to their long-term success. There is considerable research suggesting that HCV program participants, especially those with young children, achieve better outcomes when they are able to use their voucher in a safe neighborhood with access to quality schools. CLPHA members discussed strategies they are using to help facilitate mobility at the 7th National Housing Mobility Conference in October 2018, co-sponsored by CLPHA and the Poverty and Race and Research Action Council (PRRAC). A summary of the meeting can be found here.
The Seattle and King County Public Housing Authorities are currently participating in the Creating Moves to Opportunity (CMTO) demonstration, a study testing the effects of various strategies to help families with young children use their voucher in a high-opportunity neighborhood. More information about CMTO can be found here. The Minneapolis Public Housing Authority is also engaged in a project testing mobility strategies with the same research team that is currently in development.