The Impact of Welfare Reform on Public Shelter Admissions, PHA Waiting Lists, and PHA Tenant Outcomes

The purpose of this study was to analyze the impact of welfare reform (Act 35 and PRWORA) on shelter admissions, shelter stay lengths, PHA waiting list composition, PHA waiting list lengths of stay and tenant self-sufficiency outcomes. The study also assessed how PHA responds to welfare reform, and the impact of changes on PHA tenant and waiting list policy and practices.

External Funders
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Collaborating Investigators
Dennis Culhane (SP2/CML) and Lorlene Hoyt (formerly GSFA doctoral student and PHA Planning Director, and now Asst. Prof at MIT).

Partnering Agencies
Philadelphia Housing Authority and the Office of Emergency Shelter and Services.

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