ERIC Number: ED484741
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul
Implementing Financial Work Incentives in Public Housing: Lessons from the Jobs-Plus Demonstration
Despite the growing interest in using financial incentives in public housing to promote work among residents, little systematic information is available on how these innovations operate in practice. By examining the experiences of the Jobs-Plus demonstration sites, this report intends to help answer such basic questions as: What are practical and appealing ways of structuring rent policies to help make work pay? What does it take to publicize and explain these plans and other financial incentives to residents? How likely are residents to take advantage of the offer of such assistance? And how do residents use the extra income that they gain from rent incentives? Findings are based on a series of in-depth interviews with Jobs-Plus staff, local housing authority officials, and residents at the Jobs-Plus sites; on program materials; and on quantitative data on the use of the incentives. While this report focuses on a public housing intervention, it should be noted that rent incentives are part of a broader movement to minimize what are perceived as economic disincentives for work associated with a range of public benefits and tax policies. Thus, the findings in this report should also be of interest to policymakers and others who are concerned about using financial incentives outside the public housing arena to encourage work and improve income among the poor. Appended are: (1) Changes in Federal Rent Rules for Public Housing Under the 1998 Housing Law; (2) How Jobs-Plus Rent Incentives Affect Residents' Net Income; and (3) Supplementary Tables and Figures on the Use of Rent Incentives. (Contains 4 tables and 11 figures.) [Report written with Susan Blank and James A. Riccio. Dissemination of MDRC publications is also supported by Starr Foundation.]
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Sponsor: Atlantic Philanthropies; Alcoa Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA.; Ambrose Monell Foundation, New York, NY.; Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Inc., New York, NY.; Fannie Mae Foundation, Washington, DC.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; Open Society Inst., New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Manpower Demonstration Research Corp., New York, NY.