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The Cooper Housing Institute To Fund A Study On Housing Choice Vouchers

The Cooper Housing Institute will provide funds to RAND Corporation to conduct the study on the housing choice voucher program and identify the best practices to increase voucher utilization.

November 16, 2023

IRVINE, California- The Cooper Housing Institute is a private research foundation dedicated to solving the affordable housing crisis in the U.S. Today, the Institute awarded a grant to the non-profit RAND Corporation to research the housing choice voucher (HCV) program. The study will be conducted in collaboration with the Terner Center For Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley. The main purpose of this study is to identify the best practices of housing authorities involved in the allocation of HCVs to achieve a high voucher utilization rate.

The study will identify the actionable steps Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) can take to bring improvements in the efficacy and efficiency of the housing choice voucher program.

The Housing Choice Voucher Program also known as Section 8 assists more than $5 Million Low Income Americans to afford safe and decent housing in the private market. The demand for Housing Choice Vouchers (HCVs) exceeds supply, with only one in four eligible households receiving a voucher. However, declining landlord participation and administrative challenges have led to vouchers going unused in many high-cost housing markets. A study is being conducted to identify policy and operational changes within Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) that can address these hurdles and boost voucher utilization.

The report is expected to be out in Spring 2025 and intends to shed light on the national variation in voucher utilization rates across the country.

The founder of the Cooper Hill Institute Will Cooper said, “The housing choice voucher program is a private-public partnership that helps our nation’s low-income families, seniors, and veterans afford a safe, decent place to live. It is among the most flexible federal housing programs available, and a proven tool to reduce homelessness. With this study, we hope to build on these successes by achieving even greater voucher utilization.”

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Last Updated: September 20, 2021