Publication Date: June 2003
Publisher: Furman Center for Real Estate
Author(s): Ingrid Gould Ellen; Amy Ellen Schwartz; Michael Schill; Ioan Voicu
Research Area: Social conditions
Keywords: housing policy; neighborhoods; subsidized housing; Affordable housing
A perennial question in housing policy concerns the form that housing assistance should take. Although some argue that housing assistance should be thought of as a form of income support and advocate direct cash grants to needy households, others favor earmarked assistance—but they differ over whether subsidies should be given to the recipients as vouchers or to developers as production subsidies.