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Targeting housing assistance

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  • Jill Khadduri
  • Kathryn P. Nelson

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This article examines the current system for targeting federal rental housing assistance, a rationed program rather than an entitlement, to households with the greatest need. It describes the current systems for eligibility and for ranking households on waiting lists, and then analyzes relative needs for assistance among different groups of households. We conclude that the main policy objective should be to maintain the present system against the leakages that are starting to occur. We also recommend that assistance be targeted more heavily to families than at present and less to the elderly, and that nonelderly single persons be made fully eligible for assistance.

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  • Jill Khadduri & Kathryn P. Nelson, 1992. "Targeting housing assistance," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 11(1), pages 21-41.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:jpamgt:v:11:y:1992:i:1:p:21-41 DOI: 10.2307/3325130
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    1. Kelly D. Edmiston, 2011. "Low-income housing tax credit developments and neighborhood property conditions," Research Working Paper RWP 11-10, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.
    2. Anna Hardman & Yannis Ioannides, 2004. "Income Mixing and Housing in U.S. Cities: Evidence from Neighborhood Clusters of the American Housing Survey," Discussion Papers Series, Department of Economics, Tufts University 0420, Department of Economics, Tufts University.

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