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Mitigating Apprehension about Section 8 Vouchers: The Positive Role of Housing Specialists in Housing Search and Placement
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Published 2005
Author Matthew D. Marr
Source Fannie Mae Foundation
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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has found that Section 8 voucher recipients are often unable to secure apartments outside of high-poverty areas in tight urban rental markets. However, intensive housing placement services greatly improve the success and mobility of voucher holders.

Drawing on ethnographic research in the housing placement department of a private, nonprofit community-based organization, the author first describes how fundamental problems in implementing the public subsidy program in a tight private rental market generate apprehension among landlords and voucher recipients that can prevent the successful use of vouchers. Second, he demonstrates how housing placement specialists can dispel and overcome this apprehension through a variety of tactics that require extensive soft skills and a deep commitment to the mission of housing poor families.

These findings provide support for the increased use of housing placement services to improve success and mobility rates for Section 8 vouchers.

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