Mobility Counseling

Now Available: The Mobility App!

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A tool to assist people using Housing Choice Vouchers and RAP certificates locate housing in thriving communities.

Mobility counseling is a counseling intervention that ensures that people using government housing subsidies like the Housing Choice Voucher Program have access to full information about available housing options in a range of neighborhoods.  

Open Communities Alliance works with experts on mobility across the country to develop best practices and provide educational information.  In Connecticut, we work to ensure that robust mobility counseling services are available.

Mobility Counseling has proven to be an effective way to assist people using government housing subsidies make voluntary moves out of areas of poverty concentration.  Mobility counseling programs are hard at work in places like Dallas, Baltimore, Chicago, and right here in Connecticut.  Unfortunately, in CT only people who obtain a housing subsidy through the Department of Housing have access to mobility counseling, thus the program is available to about 10,000 people.  The remaining 23,000 voucher holders who work through local housing authorities have no access to such services. 

Furthermore, the Department of Housing program needs to be strengthened with better funding, incentives for families that offset the cost of moving, and the adoption of maximum rents that accurately reflect market rents. Adopting HUD's Small Area Fair Market Rents would be one step in the right direction.

See the kind of difference mobility counseling has made in the lives of families in elsewhere in the country. 

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Baltimore Dallas Mobility Counseling: One Family's Story

 

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To learn more about mobility counseling, click on the image above, or click here to view a PDF.

 

Resources

Expanding Choice: Practical Strategies for Building a Successful Housing Mobility Program (February 2013)

Intergenerational Impacts of Concentrated Poverty – What Can Be Done? (Poverty & Race forum, 2013)

“Prescription for a New Neighborhood: Housing mobility can complement community revitalization for children with serious health challenges” (Shelterforce magazine, July 2012)

“The Prospects for Guiding Housing Choice Voucher Households to High-Opportunity Neighborhoods,” by Kirk McClure, Cityscape, Vol. 12, No. 3 (January 2011)

To read more, click here.

 

 

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  • Suite 1-210
  • Hartford, CT 06106
  • Phone: 860-610-6040