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Can assisted housing programs provide permanent transitions away from neighborhood segregation, crime, and poverty?

Throughout history, the United States has made efforts to tackle de-concentration of poverty in order to allow people an opportunity for a better quality of life. With communities facing scarcity of affordable housing, more and more people with low-income are forced to live in areas with high poverty, high crime, low performing schools, among other factors relating to low socio-economic status neighborhoods. The United States government, throughout the years, has improved policies to tackle the concentration of poverty in order to incorporate diversity into highly affluent communities. There is much research around Federal housing subsidy programs, like Section 8 and Public Housing, which finds deep-rooted stigmas associated to both program recipients as well as the program itself. The stigmatization of clients being assisted with housing subsidies disallows this population to transition out of low socio-economic status neighborhoods into more affluent neighborhoods.

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