Abstract

Abstract:

The Department of Veterans Affairs provides a shallow subsidy (i.e., subsidizing 50% of an individual's rent for two years) to Veterans experiencing housing instability. We sought to describe the characteristics of Veterans who received these subsidies. Methods. We conducted a retrospective cohort study of Veterans between 10/2019–9/2021. We identified Veteran-level characteristics associated with receiving a shallow subsidy using a multivariable two-part regression model. We also conducted qualitative interviews to identify how shallow subsidies are allocated. Results Black race, higher income, more education, and older age were positively associated with receiving a shallow subsidy; previous homelessness, prior VA outpatient cost, and participating in permanent supportive housing were negatively associated with receiving a shallow subsidy. Interviews revealed that income was the most influential determinant of whether to give shallow subsidies. Discussion Our mixed methods findings were consistent, indicating that socioeconomic stability is an important driver of shallow subsidy allocation decisions.

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