Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Management (DMgt)

First Advisor

Larry M. Starr, PhD

Second Advisor

Dominick Volini, PhD

Third Advisor

Martin Lamar, MBA, MSW, MPA


This dissertation examined the transition low-income residents out of federally subsidized housing. Housing programs are important because they provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing to millions of individuals who are economically disadvantaged. In some research, it has been determined that people from public housing experience difficulties in gaining access to resources that would enable them to transition out of public housing successfully. This becomes an added hurdle faced by those who desires to transition out of public housing. Understanding their experiences, their feelings, and their belief system provides a level of education into why it becomes difficult for individuals to move in the direction of homeownership after living in public housing. It’s not a typical thought process or rationale that is use once an individual has lived in public housing. Another factor to consider is what they saw, heard, and endured during that time. Those things culminated into a process of motivation and desire to move out of public housing. As cognition changes, the understanding of what is needed to initiate the process becomes clearer. No longer does finance become a significant barrier. Faith becomes the destroyer of all obstacles, and a different form of support emerges that allows the achievement of homeownership to become possible.


A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Doctor of Management in Strategic Leadership