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Keeping an American Promise: Safe, Decent, and Affordable Rental Housing for Everyone in Need

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Publication Date: November 2008

Publisher(s): Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law; Clearinghouse Review: Journal of Poverty Law and Policy

Author(s): Judith Levey; Katherine Walz

Funder(s): John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Funder(s): John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Series: Vol. 42 No. 7-8

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Social conditions (Poverty and homelessness)
Social conditions (Housing)

Keywords: Affordable Rental Housing; Housing; Affordable Housing

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


To meet the growing need for decent, affordable housing, energy must be focused not only on supporting new housing production programs, particularly those aimed at low- and very low-income families, but also on preserving existing affordable rental housing. Although preservation is a national challenge, varied local conditions call for a local response, framed with an understanding of the local housing market, the housing needs of low- and very low-income households, and the level of public and private support for preservation. A recent local initiative in Illinois aims to do just that: preserve the existing supply of affordable rental housing with an infusion of resources, energized commitment, innovative program development, and public-private collaboration.