Using the Housing We Have

Source: John Weicher, Urban Institute, July 16, 2008

From the abstract:
The success of welfare reform has shifted many policy analysts’ attention to providing incentives for former welfare recipients to remain in the labor force that they have recently joined. Toward that end, Gregory Acs and Margery Austin Turner want to ensure that working pays more than welfare. Acs and Turner offer proposals to assist low-income workers generally, and also specific proposals to provide them with housing assistance. My comments focus on the housing proposals. Acs and Turner recommend expanding the supply of modest housing through construction subsidies, with additional subsidies in high-cost areas, and a new, large household-based housing subsidy. I think these subsidies, while certainly well intentioned and carefully designed, are somewhat unnecessary and counterproductive.

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