Date of Award

January 2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


School of Public Health

First Advisor

Danya E. Keene


In light of the current affordable housing crisis in the United States, this paper examines how rental assistance is associated with four housing outcomes: housing stability, quality, autonomy, and affordability to expand the current knowledge base on benefits of rental assistance. We use data from the first four waves (2017-2019) of the JustHouHS Study, a cohort study of low-income adults designed to examine the intersection of housing, mass incarceration, and health in New Haven, Connecticut. We use Generalized Estimating Equations to examine how rental assistance is associated with participants’ housing stability, quality, autonomy, and affordability. Participants receiving rental assistance had lower odds of reporting housing instability, low quality housing, lack of autonomy related to housing, and some measures of housing unaffordability compared to those not receiving assistance. The large and highly significant effects remain after adjusting for demographic variables and factors that can impact access to rental assistance.


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