Landlord Responses to Housing Voucher Tenants

Project Type: Housing

Project Stage: In Progress

Housing choice vouchers are usually redeemed in low-opportunity neighborhoods, though they are eligible for use in any neighborhood. LEO is examining whether these redemption patterns can be explained by landlord behavior. For example, if landlords penalize tenants who wish to pay by voucher, and this penalty is larger in neighborhoods with higher rent, voucher tenants would tend to take on leases in low-rent neighborhoods. This study utilizes the recent expansion of neighborhood-based voucher limits in Washington, D.C. to answer this research question. 

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Government Agencies