Comparing Costs and Characteristics of Housing Assistance Programs
Report Type Final Report 
Date Published January 2009 
Publication Number 09-1 
SHB 1128 (2007)
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The 2007-09 Biennial Operating Budget directed JLARC to conduct an evaluation and comparison of the cost efficiency of rental housing voucher programs versus other housing programs intended to assist low-income households. To answer the Legislature’s questions, JLARC developed a model for analyzing the life-cycle cost of low-income housing developments. JLARC then compared the costs for these capital developments to the costs for vouchers for units with the same number of bedrooms in the same general locations. The report includes a discussion of some additional factors to weigh when considering state funding for housing assistance programs.
David Dean, Analyst
Joy Adams, Analyst
Fara Daun, Analyst
Ruta Fanning, Project Supervisor


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Number of Pages 24 
Keywords housing, rent, vouchers, low-income, human services 
Category Human Services