Federal Housing Assistance for the Poor: Old Problems and New Directions

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The objective of this article is to examine what we have learned about housing the poor in recent ,ears; and to consider current legislation and policy directions to see if they conform to the lessons of experience. We will consider the magnitude of the housing needs of the poor, how these needs affect the non-poor, and the justifications for employing federal expenditures to alleviate them, focusing particularly on whether subsidy benefits should be inserted on the supply side or the demand side of the market equation.

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