The relationship between government assistance and housing outcomes among extremely low-income individuals: a qualitative inquiry in Los Angeles


DeVerteuil, Geoffrey (2005) The relationship between government assistance and housing outcomes among extremely low-income individuals: a qualitative inquiry in Los Angeles. Housing Studies, 20, (3), 383-399. (doi:10.1080/02673030500062350).

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This paper illustrates the relationship between government assistance (housing
subsidies and/or welfare payments) and housing outcomes, using qualitative methods and a sample
of 25 extremely low-income, homeless women at an emergency shelter in Central Los Angeles.
The paper seeks to illustrate three specific patterns (identified within the larger literature) to this
complex and multifaceted relationship: (1) that the presence of housing subsidies promotes the most
positive outcomes overall, such as stability and independence; (2) that, in the absence of housing
subsidies, the predictability and amount of welfare become critical in promoting positive housing
outcomes; and (3) housing outcomes are least positive for those lacking both housing subsidies and
welfare payments. Results largely conformed to these expectations, although less so for the last
pattern.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0267-3037 (print)
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Keywords: government assistance, welfare payments, housing subsidies, housing outcomes, extremely low-income individuals
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Geography > Economy, Culture, Space
ePrint ID: 46651
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2007
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:30
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/46651

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