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Housing the Urban Poor: The Evolution of HUD and Federal Low-Income Housing Policy

Tracey L. Farrigan and Amy K. Glasmeier

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Excerpt: Within the broad policy arena, the history of housing programs stands out as a prime example of how federal efforts to assist the poor have ebbed and flowed with the differing philosophies of presidential administrations and congressional coalitions. Yet, despite the perspective and political power that any one set of actors has brought to the table in more than sixty-five years of federal housing policy, the issues of debate have remained much the same equity, supply, quality, cost, and the role of government.