An Urban Institute-PRRAC policy report (2013). The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, administered by public housing agencies (PHAs) across the country, provides low income households the ability to affordably rent decent housing practically anywhere in the United States. And yet, they don’t. Studies have shown that voucher holders are concentrated in a relatively small portion of the neighborhoods with available affordable rental housing. These neighborhoods are often poorer, more racially segregated, and of lower quality than other neighborhoods; and the schools in these places have difficulty closing the achievement gap.
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