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Lotteries of Temporary Housing Assistance during the COVID-19 Epidemic – King County
Last registered on February 12, 2021

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Lotteries of Temporary Housing Assistance during the COVID-19 Epidemic – King County
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0007167
Initial registration date
February 11, 2021
Last updated
February 12, 2021 11:03 AM EST
Location(s)

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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities, University of Notre Dame
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
University of Notre Dame, Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities
PI Affiliation
Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities, University of Notre Dame
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2020-08-01
End date
2021-12-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This evaluation will examine lotteries of rental assistance in King County, WA (Seattle) for low-income households affected by the COVID-induced economic crisis. King County offered to pay 3 months of back rent to landlords of lottery winners. We will use lottery assignment as an instrument for payment of funds and study how such assistance affects housing stability. For approximately 6,000 participants in these lotteries, we will collect administrative records and initiate surveys to measure address changes, evictions, homelessness, payment of rent, financial status, and health. We are coordinating with researchers studying similar lotteries in other cities.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Collinson, Robert, David Phillips and Seth Zissette. 2021. "Lotteries of Temporary Housing Assistance during the COVID-19 Epidemic – King County." AEA RCT Registry. February 12. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.7167-1.0.
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Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2020-08-01
Intervention End Date
2021-12-31
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Payment of rent; housing stability; financial stability; health status
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
This evaluation will examine lotteries of rental assistance in King County, WA (Seattle) for low-income households affected by the COVID-induced economic crisis. King County will offer to pay 3 months of back rent to landlords of lottery winners. We will use lottery assignment as an instrument for payment of funds and study how such assistance affects housing stability. For approximately 6,000 participants in these lotteries, we will collect administrative records and initiate surveys to measure address changes, evictions, homelessness, payment of rent, financial status, and health. We are coordinating with researchers studying similar lotteries in other cities. King County’s Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) recently created a package of financial assistance programs to efficiently distribute COVID-19 relief funds contributed by the CARES Act, the federal Eviction Rental Assistance Program, COVID-19 Community Development Block Grants, and other sources. These programs include a program to pay back rent of tenants of large landlords and mobile home parks as well as a more traditional program assisting tenants who apply for assistance. This evaluation pertains to the latter program, and people eligible for other programs will not be eligible for the lotteries we will study.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer
Randomization Unit
Household
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
6,000 households
Sample size: planned number of observations
6,000 households
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
3,000 households treatment, 3,000 households control
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
University of Notre Dame Institutional Review Board
IRB Approval Date
2021-02-01
IRB Approval Number
20-12-6355
Analysis Plan

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