Like many governments, the City and County of Denver, Colorado is rolling out housing assistance programs for low-income households impacted by Covid-19. A large literature on administrative burden suggests that the most vulnerable residents may face learning, compliance, and psychological costs that prevent them from enrolling in this and other government assistance programs. In a large field experiment, we aim to test whether reducing psychological costs associated with stigma increases take-up of this program by Denver’s poorest residents, and will measure medium- and longer-term consequences on financial and housing security, health outcomes and beliefs about government assistance programs among this population.
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