A PRRAC Report (November 2012). By Ingrid Gould Ellen & Keren Mertens Horn.
Excerpt: Existing research on the residential outcomes of assisted households finds that on average assisted households live in disadvantaged neighborhoods (Newman and Schnare, 1997; Pendall, 2000; Freeman, 2003; Galvez, 2011). This analysis pushes the question a step further and probes whether housing assistance has the potential to break the cycle of poverty through breaking the link between poor households and low performing schools. Unfortunately, we find that this does not generally appear to be the case; though we find some metropolitan areas where assisted households are living near relatively high performing schools relative to other households in the same metropolitan area. These metropolitan areas tend to be located in the South and West, and to have both smaller populations and lower levels of racial segregation.