The Urban Institute has released their new paper, Housing Policy Levers to Promote Economic Mobility, the latest piece from their Housing Assistance Matters Initiative.
Where you live often determines school quality, available transportation systems, proximity to jobs, and access to other important institutions and community assets. This report is rooted in this increasingly clear fact: that opportunity is tied to place. Knowing this, we should design and implement housing policies with economic mobility firmly in mind.
The authors, Pamela Blumenthal and John McGinty, describe five policy areas—tax policy, block grants, rental assistance, fair housing, and homeownership programs—and point to promising practices in each.
There is abundant evidence about federal, state, and local mechanisms to combat stagnant mobility. This paper highlights the portfolio of housing policy strategies that can help.