Violence Among Young Adults Receiving Housing Assistance: Vouchers, Race, and Transitions Into Adulthood

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Scholarly literature has been very attentive to violence among adolescents whose families receive vouchers. Yet, it provides little information about violence among the more than 400,000 very young adults who head households that receive vouchers. This article explores this relationship, paying particular attention to life course considerations and racial context. Data on 18-22-year-olds, numbering 208, who received housing assistance and participated in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 in 2002 indicate that normative theoretical models may not accurately capture the relationship between the transition to adulthood and violence within this group. Results also suggest that among those who experience violence, receipt of a voucher is associated with lower levels of violence, but not for Black recipients. Both voucher triage services for those experiencing violence, and housing advocate services for Black heads of household may be especially useful within this population of very young adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)543-558
Number of pages16
JournalHousing Policy Debate
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jul 2013



  • minorities
  • public housing
  • vouchers

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