How Vehicle Access Enables Low-Income Households to Live in Better Neighborhoods

This study analyzes survey data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Moving to Opportunity (MTO) program to examine how vehicle access impacts low-income households neighborhood choice when moving. Findings include that residential mobility generally results in improved neighborhood conditions. Households with access to automobiles saw a higher increase in neighborhood rents, percentage of owner-occupied housing, and percentage of adults with high school degrees. In addition, linear regression was used to examine the impact of various household characteristics along with rental voucher assistance and automobile access. It is suggested that one way of expanding location choices would be to combine rental vouchers with subsidies for automobile vouchers.


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  • Accession Number: 01698933
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 18 2019 9:55AM