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 . Choosing a better life evaluating the moving to opportunity social experiment goering john and feins judith d 2003 washington dc urban institute press 421 pages 3450 isbn 0877667136 poverty in american cities became increasingly concentrated between 1970 and 1990 the black middle class that had been. Choosing a better life evaluating the moving to opportunity social experiment john m goering judith d feins this article evaluates the moving to opportunity mto program run by hud in the usa since 1994 this was a rental assistance program that offered participating families a chance to move out of . The moving to opportunity mto demonstration among the most important ongoing demonstrations in american housing policy is a multi city mixed method research project that is roughly half way through the evaluation process of examining neighborhood effects on the lives and life fortunes of youth and families in the context of an experimental research design our book title choosing a better life was explicitly ended with a question mark as we were aware of. Moving to opportunity an experiment in social and geographic mobility cityscape 59 families in the same public housing projects in baltimore boston los angeles and new york chicago data were inadequate for this purpose pdr also did not analyze the applicant population from section 8 assisted projects exhibit 1 summarizes the findings
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