Creating Moves to Higher Opportunity Neighborhoods Using Housing Choice Vouchers
(Housing, Community Development, and Urban Policy)
*Names in bold indicate Presenter
Opportunity (CMTO) project was created to generate new knowledge of effective ways to promote and facilitate families’ housing mobility in the United States. CMTO focuses on helping families with young children access high opportunity neighborhoods where voucher-holders have traditionally struggled to successfully find and lease a home.
This roundtable will highlight the ongoing research of CMTO and how the partnership of academic and nonprofit researchers and practitioners from public housing authorities has enabled the development and evaluation of mobility programs. Greg Russ (Minneapolis Public Housing Authority) will share the motivation behind the creation of CMTO and how partnering with researchers has influenced program development and resource allocation at participating housing authorities. Christopher Palmer (MIT Sloan) will discuss the research questions motivating current CMTO research, and the ongoing academic research projects underway. Jim Riccio (MDRC) will share insights from implementing CMTO research projects and future plans for expanding CMTO’s research efforts. Sarah Oppenheimer (King County Housing Authority) will discuss the experience of implementing and evaluation a new housing mobility initiative as part of CMTO from the practitioner’s perspective.