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Beyond renting and owning: The housing accommodations of low-income families

Date Added to Library: 
Friday, January 22, 2016 - 13:39
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 
10.1080/10875549.2013.775992
Priority: 
normal
Individual Author: 
Skobba, Kim
Bruin, Marilyn J.
Yust, Becky L.
Reference Type: 
Published Date: 
2013
Published Date (Text): 
2013
Publication: 
Journal of Poverty
Volume: 
17
Issue Number: 
2
Page Range: 
234-252
Year: 
2013
Language(s): 
Abstract: 

This mixed-methods study used structured, in-depth interviews to collect data that was analyzed quantitatively as well as qualitatively to explore the long-term housing patterns experienced by low-income families and the ways in which vouchers affect these patterns. Using a life-course theoretical framework and an event history approach, information on past housing, employment, and life circumstances was collected from 30 participants, 17 who had a voucher and 13 on the waiting list to receive one. The low-income families in the study moved frequently, through rental housing, homeless shelters, and living with family and friends. After receiving a voucher, families lived independently in rental housing and had greater housing stability. This research offers a framework for understanding the complex residential mobility patterns of low-income families, which includes the use of informal and formal housing assistance. The findings highlight the high level of housing insecurity experienced by low-income people and emphasize the important role that Housing Choice Vouchers play in helping families with serious housing problems. (author abstract)

Page Count: 
18
Pagination: 
234, 252p
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