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Activity Number: 87
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Sunday, July 29, 2012 : 4:00 PM to 5:50 PM
Sponsor: Section on Survey Research Methods
Abstract - #305664
Title: History of Sampling Methodology in the HUD Assisted Housing Household Rent Quality Control Studies
Author(s): Francine Barrington*+ and Pedro J Saavedra and Sophia Zanakos and Mary K. Sistik
Companies: ICF International and ICF International and ICF International and ICF International
Address: 11785 Beltsville Drive, Beltsville, MD, 20705, United States
Keywords: cluster samples ; probabilities proportional to size ; measure of size ; county-based clustering

For over three decades HUD has conducted a series of national surveys examining the eligibility and rent determination processes in assisted-housing programs. While the sample designs for these surveys have been similar, there have been significant modifications over the three decades. The HUD Quality Control Studies have always involved three phases or stages -- geographically defined PSUs, assisted-housing projects (AHPs) of different types, and the selection of households within AHPs. However, the exact population, the estimates required, and the information contained in the frame files have changed over time. We explore some of the modifications that have been made over the years, including the change in PSUs from congressional districts to county-based clusters, the diverse structure of AHPs, the shift from record abstraction to tenant interviews and third-party verification, and the types of estimates for different assisted-housing programs over the years.

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