Defining Choice in the Housing Voucher Program: The Role of Market Constraints...

The goal of HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program is to facilitate neighborhood mobility for low-income families and avoid the concentrated poverty that often characterizes public housing projects. The assumption is participating households have better neighborhood options with the voucher than without it. While there has been empirical evidence that these vouchers have helped thousands of families improve; outcomes vary significantly across race/ethnic groups, metropolitan areas, suburbs, and central cities.

The Private Provision of Public Services

With less cash reserves and changing populations, cities have been experimenting with alternative methods to address service needs in local communities. This has spawned the growing trend of private associations the most popular of which are Residential Community Associations (RCAs) and Business Improvement Districts (BIDs). While they are efficient in dispensing more complete information about local needs, skeptics caution the potential for inequitable outcomes for communities.

Microfinance Cost Model

To build a quantitative cost model to examine the effect of both operating factors and strategic decisions on the cost structures of microfinance institutions. To conduct sensitivity analysis on actual data from microfinance institutions in Latin America and South Asia in order to clarify debates and quantify options.

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