Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph. D.


Urban and Public Affairs

Degree Program

Urban and Public Affairs, PhD

Committee Chair

Gilderbloom, John

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Donald, Carrie

Committee Member

Donald, Carrie

Committee Member

Koven, Steven

Committee Member

Rollins, Aaron

Committee Member

Hanka, Matthew

Author's Keywords

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.