Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice

2014 Edition
| Editors: Gerben Bruinsma, David Weisburd

Housing Choice Vouchers and Escaping Neighborhood Crime

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5690-2_212


The Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) provides relocation opportunities for low-income families to find better places to live. In examining why HCVP, participants want to relocate research generally focuses on the “pull” factors of why low-income families want to relocate. Most reasons for relocation are related to some benefit the new neighborhood offers, such as access to better schools, jobs, housing stock, and other amenities to improve their lives. Often overlooked are the “push” factors that drive residents from a neighborhood. Much research on these push factors has focused on life-course changes in family structure, career options, or some financial gain. One significant push factor that uniformly effects residential satisfaction is how safe families feel with respect to witnessing or being victims of crime in their neighborhood. Families who use a voucher to relocate are no exception to this concept and have stated across numerous studies that the primary reason...

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We would like to thank John Markovic from the Community Oriented Policing Services Office (COPS) of the US Department of Justice, Paul Joice of the US Department of Housing & Urban Development, Mark Stallo of the Dallas Police Department, and Emma Wilson of Montgomery College for providing valuable comments toward improving the clarity of this entry. We would also like to thank Sue-Ming Yang for giving us the opportunity to include this work.

The views expressed in this entry are those of the authors, and do not necessarily represent the official positions or policies of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development or the US Government.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Office of Policy Development and ResearchU.S. Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentWashingtonUSA