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PAHRC Reports

The annual PAHRC Report is a comprehensive source for research and statistics on assisted housing. Following a different theme each year, the report provides data on the supply of housing assistance, persons receiving assistance, and the impacts of assistance on residents and communities. Its purpose is to foster a better understanding of the need for housing assistance and how this assistance helps meet the needs of low-income families and their communities. PAHRC Report Research Spotlights provide a detailed dive into research and data highlighted in the PAHRC Report.

How Sustainable Communities Create Resilient People


The 2017 PAHRC Report examines the ways in which housing can shape resiliency and boost sustainability for individuals and the communities in which they live. It finds that investment in federal housing programs leverage dollars to combat poverty, promote economic mobility for low-income families, save money for communities, and stimulate economic growth. Research presented in this report suggests that investing in affordable housing programs can also improve the economic, social, and environmental sustainability of places and build the resiliency of many low-income families to poverty. To help communities leverage their investments effectively, the report also documents tools community leaders can use to empower low-income families to reach their full potential and improve their community’s path towards sustainability.  

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PAHRC Report Research Spotlight: The Education Boost

The Education Boost: Lifting Families Out of Poverty estimates the value that improvements in education can have on positive exits from rental assistance, describes the barriers to low-income individuals face attending college, and investigates the gaps in educational attainment between rent-assisted households and low-income unassisted renters. It finds that for every additional year of education obtained by a rent-assisted household head, the family’s chance of a positive exit is 11% higher than it would be without any additional education.

The report also shows that the cost of college and other barriers, such as childcare, transportation, connectivity, and peer networks, are still significant hurdles for many low-income families looking to attend college.

Average rent-assisted individuals under 50 may need up to 29 years to obtain a college degree if financing college out of pocket. The report suggests that external resources will be needed to help low-income families receiving rental assistance pay for college and matriculate in a reasonable amount of time.

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Housing Agency Waiting Lists and the Demand for Housing Assistance

PAHRC’s inaugural Research Spotlight, Housing Agency Waiting Lists and the Demand for Housing Assistance, explores how housing agency waiting lists do and do not reflect the demand for housing assistance, since many waiting lists are closed and only capture families that decide to apply for assistance. Correcting for closed waiting lists, it finds that the demand for housing assistance is nearly 3 times higher per Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) and 6% higher per public housing unit. Without waiting list closures, an estimated 9.5 million families would be waiting for an HCV and 2 million families would be waiting for a public housing unit. The feature also includes interactive maps that allow you to explore the demand for housing assistance in your community, including its ‘corrected’ waiting list count.

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