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During the 1990s, Section 8 vouchers were touted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as the way to provide greater housing choice for the poor while deconcentrating them. Toward the end of the 1990s however evidence mounted that the voucher system was not deconcentrating the poor. In response HUD developed a set of five major demonstration programs that supplemented the vouchers with carious arrays of social services. While waiting for results from these programs to return, HUD discovered that Section 8 participants in local housing authorities in Alameda County, California, were experiencing an unexpected amount of interjuridictional modebility toward suburban locations. Using a local database of 16,591 Section 8 families, this paper presents a cursory examination into the motivations of their suburban mobility. (Authors)