Does Location Matter? Performance Analysis of the Affordable Housing Programs in Dallas Fort Worth Metropolis

Billions of dollars are spent annually to provide affordability for low-income people, yet there is no performance measure to evaluate these programs when transportation is factored in. There is also little understanding on the location affordability and effectiveness of other rental assistance programs such as Public Housing, LIHTC and the Housing Choice Voucher Program. There is also little understanding about the long term effects of location on low income households in terms of providing accessibility to opportunities and, as a result, affecting the chance of upward mobility. This proposal seeks to address these gaps by developing an innovative approach to evaluate short-term and long-term affordability of all state and federal rental assistance programs in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. The project will use disaggregated data at the property level and will measure built environment variables around each property. The project then estimate transportation costs for a typical household that qualifies under these programs using solid transportation costs modeling tailored for low-income households. This study sheds light on the relative merit of each program in ensuring affordability when factoring in transportation costs. Second, this proposal seeks to identify long term affordability and opportunities for upward mobility for all census blocks in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan region. The project will produce a map of “Catalyst Areas”. Catalyst Areas represent areas with adequate access (by modes other than driving) to major destinations such as educational facilities, healthy food, health care facilities, public transit, and job opportunities. This would help low-income households to not only spend less on transportation, but also, by providing access to opportunities, increase their chance of upward mobility.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $160462
  • Contract Numbers:

    DTRT13-G-UTC60 TRC-16-08

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities

    Western Michigan University
    Kalamazoo, MI  United States  49009-5316

    Western Michigan University

    1903 W. Michigan Avenue
    Kalamazoo, MI  United States  49008-5241
  • Project Managers:

    Dunn, Denise

  • Performing Organizations:

    Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities

    Western Michigan University
    Kalamazoo, MI  United States  49009-5316

    University of Texas, Arlington

    Dept. of Civil Engineering
    Box 19308
    Arlington, TX  United States  76019
  • Principal Investigators:

    Hamidi, Shima

    Mattingly, Stephen

    Li, Jianling

  • Start Date: 20160901
  • Expected Completion Date: 20171130
  • Actual Completion Date: 20171130
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers
  • Subprogram: Research

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01610409
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC60 TRC-16-08
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Sep 9 2016 10:42AM