Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation
Urban and Public Affairs
Urban and Public Affairs, PhD
Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)
Louisville; section 8; neighborhood values; quantitative regression analysis
Section 8 Housing was designed to de-concentrate poverty and spread affordable housing across communities. There are many studies that have evaluated the successes associated with the policy of dispersing the urban poor to the surrounding suburban areas in various cities. The positive impacts of dispersing the urban poor, in terms of education, self-esteem, and jobs, is well documented. There are fewer studies related to the potential externalities associated with these programs. This study uses advanced multiple regression techniques to study 170 Louisville neighborhoods to look at whether large concentrations of Section 8 housing have a negative impact on neighborhood housing values. It was found that large concentrations of Section 8 depress neighborhood values in poor neighborhoods even more, but Section 8 does not diminish the value in wealthy neighborhoods. This was done by using a split regression analysis. Additional research was carried out by interviewing landlords on attitudes toward Section 8. It turns out that their views were mixed. Finally, research techniques were done using GIS mapping techniques to see how Section 8 is concentrated in mostly poor and minority neighborhoods.
Dries, Paul Francis, "Challenging conventional wisdom : section 8 housing and the real impact on neighborhood values in Louisville, Kentucky." (2016). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 2606.