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What Have We Learned from HUD’s Moving to Opportunity Program?

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Publication Date: May 2003

Publisher(s): Furman Center for Real Estate

Author(s): Ingrid Gould Ellen; Margery Turner

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Social conditions (Housing)

Keywords: neighborhoods; poverty; segregation; Community and Economic Development

Type: Chapter


“Choosing a Better Life?” is the first distillation of years of research on the MTO project, the largest rigorously designed social experiment to investigate the consequences of moving low-income public housing residents to low-poverty neighborhoods. In this book, leading social scientists and policy experts examine the legislative and political foundations of the project, analyze the effects of MTO on lives of the families involved, and explore lessons learned from this important piece of U.S. social policy