Housing and poverty ( USA).

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Provides preliminary evidence on several important issues that are highly relevant to allocation decisions for housing assistance. The first concerns short-term versus long-term economic hardship. The present federal allocation system, based on single-year need, gives equal priority to households experiencing a single off-year and those who are persistently in need. The analysis indicates that there are substantial differences in both the demographic composition of single-year versus permanent poor and in the size of the population likely to be permanently versus temporarily in need of aid. It also suggests that targeting housing assistance to the permanently poor makes sense because these households are the least able to compete or fend for themselves in the market. An additional insight concerns the convergence of persistent poverty and housing deprivation. Since it is the permanently poor who live in housing units with higher rates of physical deficiences than other poor, it is this group that has the greatest need for scarce housing assistance dollars; it is also among this group that greater housing improvement could be realized. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-253
Number of pages11
JournalReview of Economics & Statistics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1983
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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