Housing & Communities

Housing Policies & Programs

Abt Associates has contributed to housing policy for more than four decades. Our rigorous studies using a variety of methods have helped improve the design and delivery of housing assistance for low-income renters both nationally and at the local level.
Abt has provided the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with seminal research on key issues in the design and administration of housing assistance programs — including the design of housing assistance programs, the costs of maintaining and operating public housing, and the physical and financial health of the assisted housing stock. A major random assignment study by Abt measured the impact of housing choice vouchers on families with children, the findings of which are summarized in “Housing Affordability and Family Well-Being:  Results from the Housing Voucher Evaluation,” coauthored by Abt Principal Associate Michelle Wood and Senior Associate Jennifer Turnham and published in Housing Policy Debate.
We conduct studies of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program, the federal government’s major current vehicle supporting the development and rehabilitation of income-restricted rental housing. Abt also is examining options for increased Federal Housing Administration support for single family and small multifamily rental properties.
Abt also is conducting a major study for HUD of the costs of administering its housing voucher program. Abt recently analyzed the potential participants and costs of an expanded housing voucher program to support recommendations by the Housing Commission of the Bipartisan Policy Center, a non-profit organization founded in 2007 by several former Senate majority leaders. Abt also is developing performance measures for the Moving to Work demonstration program in a study supported by public housing agency national organizations.


Among the leading Abt researchers on housing policies and programs are Jennifer Turnham, Larry Buron, Meryl Finkel, Jill Khadduri, Eliza Kean, and Kimberly Burnett.
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The latest on homelessness trends in America. Why MassHousing is developing a new strategic plan, and the launch of the pilot of HUD’s first-time homebuyer study. These are some of the articles you’ll find in the Fall issue of At Home, Abt’s quarterly e-newsletter—soon to be released.

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