Forced relocation vs. voluntary mobility: The effects of dispersal programmes on households

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The deconcentration of poverty in the US has involved both voluntary mobility programmes for low-income households and involuntary relocation of families through government action. This paper examines the effects on families of these two different strategies. Using data on over 600 families in the Twin Cities region of Minneapolis/Saint Paul, the study reveals only sporadic support for the hypothesis that voluntary or involuntary participants in the deconcentration effort will report improvements in their living conditions, or report better conditions than a control group of public housing and Section 8 residents. Several possible explanations for the lack of programme effects are offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-123
Number of pages17
JournalHousing Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2002

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The author would like to acknowledge the Family Housing Fund, Minneapolis, the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency and the Center for Urban and Regional Aisrfat thfeaUniversity of Minnesota for funding the research upon which this study is based. The conclusios contnained herein do not represent the ofŽcial views of these orgnisatiaons.


  • Dispersal
  • Displacement
  • Housing
  • Mobility


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