State of the Field Lunch: Ingrid Ellen - Bolstering "Choice" in the Housing Choice Voucher Program
The housing choice voucher program aims to reduce housing cost burdens as well as to enable recipients to move to a broader diversity of neighborhoods. Despite those aims, voucher recipients still end up in neighborhoods with relatively high poverty rates and low performing schools. This talk will discuss the reasons for these constrained neighborhood choices, including landlord discrimination, the geographic concentration of units that rent below voucher caps, and social networks. This talk will also explore possible voucher program reforms and review some new research on the effects of setting voucher rent caps at the ZIP Code rather than metropolitan area level.
Ingrid Gould Ellen is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Urban Policy and Planning and a Faculty Director at the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. She joined the NYU Wagner faculty in the fall of 1997 and presently teaches courses in microeconomics, urban economics, and urban policy. Professor Ellen's research interests center on housing and urban policy. She is the author of Sharing America's Neighborhoods: The Prospects for Stable Racial Integration (Harvard University Press, 2000) and has written numerous journal articles and book chapters related to housing policy, community development, and school and neighborhood segregation.
Please RSVP by March 27th to guarantee seats as spots are limited.
"State of the Field" Lunches are monthly discussions led by faculty members and practitioners on research and emerging trends in the urban planning field.