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The CHA Mobility Counseling Program Administered by CHAC Encouraging moves to “opportunity neighborhoods” and helping families make informed choices.

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1 The CHA Mobility Counseling Program Administered by CHAC Encouraging moves to “opportunity neighborhoods” and helping families make informed choices

2 Program Overview Serves Housing Choice Voucher transfers (referred to as “second movers”) Income-based Opportunity Neighborhood defined as Low Poverty - less than 24% poverty rate Voluntary Focus on High to Low Poverty Moves

3 Program Components Landlord Outreach Assessment & Enrollment (including credit check & credit counseling) Fair Housing Training & Complaint Assistance Assist Participant to Remove Barriers / Prepare for Landlord Acceptance

4 Housing Search Assistance and Referrals (including transportation) Mandatory Workshops (Money Management & Tenant/Landlord Rights & Responsibilities) Voluntary Workshops Post-Move Counseling Link to Family Self-Sufficiency Program Resource Room Program Components - cont.

5 Additional Benefits Security Deposit Loan Fund Services for People with Disabilities –Transportation for Housing Search –Grants for Unit Modifications

6 Families Served January 1999 through June 2002 –Enrolled 7,540 families –Leased 3,724 Leased in Low Poverty 2,388 (64 %) Moves from High to Low Poverty 1,215 (33 %)

7 Moves From High to Low Poverty

8 Retention - Year 2000 High to Low Poverty Movers

9 Does Mobility Counseling Make a Difference? Years 2000 and 2001 Percent of Counseled families that moved to low poverty: 52% Percent of families NOT counseled that moved to low poverty: 39%

10 Relocatees Making 2nd Moves 1,178 Relocatees made a “2nd Move” during (35%) of these families moved to Low Poverty neighborhoods.

11 When Relocatees are Counseled Of Relocatee Second Movers, in 2000 and 2001: 41% of Counseled Families Moved to Low Poverty 31% of Families NOT Counseled Moved to Low Poverty

12 Challenges Census Data Focus on families living in high poverty Back-filling units in high poverty neighborhoods


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