Large Majority of Housing Voucher Recipients Work, are Elderly, or Have Disabilities

This study, by Barbara Sard and Thyria Alvarez-Sánchez, shows that most of the people that recieve housing vouchers are either unable to work (seniors or persons with disabilities) or already subject to work requirements.

According to the study:

  • In 2010, 88 percent of all voucher households were elderly, disabled, working (or had recently worked), or likely to be subject to a work requirement under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.
  • Elderly or disabled households make up nearly half (49 percent) of all voucher households, a significant increase over the past decade.
  • Three-fourths of the voucher households that are not elderly or disabled either work or participate in other programs that have work requirements.

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Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
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