In 2014, the King County Housing Authority initiated the Community Choice Housing Mobility Program, which serves families living in the county, excluding the cities of Seattle and Renton. While many mobility programs focus on correcting racial segregation and disparity, King County’s challenges are less about racial segregation than economic segregation.
The goal of the Community Choice Housing Mobility Program is to assist voucher holders with children in moving to very high-opportunity areas. Unlike most programs of its kind, the Community Choice Program defines opportunity areas using an opportunity mapping analysis conducted by the Kirwan Institute at The Ohio State University. The analysis uses a number of different indicators to create an opportunity index for each community in the county, including:
This comprehensive analysis helps ensure that families are moving to areas that will provide access to good jobs, transportation, high-performing schools and a safe and amenity-rich neighborhood.
The Community Choice Housing Mobility Program offers higher payment standards than typically offered by the Housing Authority to help families find voucher-eligible units in areas of the highest opportunity. As of July 2015, the program had enrolled 58 families and assisted nine families in moving to high-opportunity areas. The program plans to evaluate success based on retention in opportunity neighborhoods and based on academic achievement.
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Elizabeth Westberg, King County Housing Authority
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