Why housing mobility is important

Housing mobility programs give families access to more housing choices, safe neighborhoods, good schools, better jobs and long-term health outcomes.

Bring Housing Mobility / Mobility Works to your community

Mobility Works uses its experience and resources to help housing agencies and non-profits build regional housing mobility programs.

Resources

The latest research and information about other mobility programs, publications, and other housing mobility resources.

Hear directly from Dallas, Texas, renters who want to use their housing choice vouchers to move their families into quality neighborhoods with great schools, low crime, and access to job centers.

2.2 million

2.2 million low-income households are served by the federal Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, which provides a subsidy for rent in privately owned apartments and houses. It is the largest rental subsidy program in the U.S.

1 in 5

Only 1 household out of every 5 that qualify for federal rental assistance receives it. About half of HCV waiting lists are currently closed, and of the lists that are open, the longest ones have average wait times of up to eight years.

50/50

Currently only half of families with HCVs live in states or localities with laws protecting them against source of income discrimination. The other half can legitimately be refused a lease because they wish to use a voucher.

66% v 6%

66% of Black children grow up in neighborhoods with at least 20% poverty, while this is true for only 6% of white children. Only 10% of Black children grow up in neighborhoods with less than 10% poverty, while 60% of white children do.

The StoriesRead our collection of personal stories that highlight unique experiences with housing mobility

Ruby Bridges

"I think back on that time and all that has occurred since, I realize a lot has changed."
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Stories of Housing Mobility in Dallas

Elijah in Flight  Elijah Summer can’t come quickly enough. The cold winter weather keeps Elijah from meeting the other boys in his new
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Dana Southward

"There are parks and better schools and three grocery stores nearby."
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Housing Mobility in the News