251574 Effects of neighborhood on health, child development, and well being: Findings from HUD's “Moving to Opportunity” study

Monday, October 31, 2011: 5:30 PM

Todd Richardson , Office of Policy Development and Research, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC
This presentation will summarize health and other key findings from an important study conducted by HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research in which very poor families were moved out of high poverty public housing developments into lower poverty neighborhoods using housing vouchers. The study randomly assigned 4,603 families into two treatment and one control group. One treatment group could use vouchers to subsidize rental housing anywhere, the other treatment group could use vouchers only in low-poverty neighborhoods. The control group could remain in public housing, but did not receive voucher access at randomization. Both adults and children were followed up with 15 years later (response rate of 88%) to assess the program impacts on health, economic well being, and delinquency, among others.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Environmental health sciences
Program planning
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
1) Identify the major findings of HUD's "Moving to Opportunity" study.

Keywords: Healthy Buildings, Community Planning

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have many years of experience conducting research at HUD and I have overseen the study on which I am presenting.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.