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The drive to work: The relationship between transportation access, housing assistance, and employment among participants in the Welfare to Work Voucher Program

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Friday, May 13, 2016 - 14:22
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Blumenberg, Evelyn
Pierce, Gregory
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Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Journal of Planning Education and Research

Transportation enables low-income individuals to find and travel to employment. This article analyzes the relationship between access to automobiles and public transit and employment outcomes of low-income households. We use longitudinal survey data from participants in the Welfare to Work Voucher Program, which was conducted in five US metropolitan areas between 1999 and 2005. Multinomial logistic regression shows that baseline access to automobiles has a strong positive relationship to follow-up employment but public transit access and receipt of housing assistance do not. Our findings suggest that enhancing car access will notably improve employment outcomes among very-low-income adults, but other assistance will have, at best, marginal effects. (author abstract)

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