Employment and Housing Mobility Report

by Martha Ross, Sarah Sattelmeyer, and Margy Waller

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The geographical hallmarks of suburbanization—lower population densities and greater travel distances—combined with the decline in real wages, leave workers facing difficult decisions. Confronted with this situation, some low-wage workers are making "opportunity moves" in order to better access jobs, safe neighborhoods, high-performing school systems, and other resources. National decisionmakers have not made the development of affordable housing in opportunity neighborhoods an important goal, nor have they given priority to the movement of low-wage workers out of distressed neighborhoods into opportunity neighborhoods.

In this report, we examine housing assistance and mobility initiatives as well as illustrate practices and policies that encourage success for low-wage workers moving to opportunity neighborhoods. In cases in which policymakers do not explicitly give priority to helping low-wage workers move to or stay in opportunity neighborhoods, they have unrealized potential to do so. We offer examples of successful mobility initiatives and provide recommendations focused on a mix of federal, state, and local policies. State and local leaders can support and pursue the federal recommendations in order to provide greater access to better neighborhoods for their area's low-wage workers, making communities stronger and healthier for all of us.  

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