Date

1-1-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Arts

Department

Political Science

First Adviser

Karen B. Pooley

Abstract

In order to research the changing geography of the Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) program and the neighborhood environments voucher-users experience, this paper analyzes the spatial distribution of Allentown's minority and low-income voucher-holders from 2000 to 2016, using ArcMap and z-score as tools. I find that the concentration of voucher-holders in the city center significantly declined after 2008, replaced by new concentrations on the eastern side of the city. This article then compares the neighborhood conditions, both the socioeconomic status and characteristics of the built environment, in the city center and the eastern region. I find that the city’s eastern neighborhoods offered voucher-holders access to better environments and more opportunities.

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