by John Weicher
American Enterprise Institute
January 02, 2013
Since the New Deal, the goal of American housing policy has been to provide adequate housing for the poor. In light of the recent economic recession, however, housing policy needs a new vision. The beliefs of urban reformers in the 1930s—specifically, that building good housing for the poor would significantly ameliorate crime, unemployment, and poor health—are unfounded. Federal housing aid has failed to revitalize poor neighborhoods or stimulate the economy, and recent efforts to treat housing assistance as an antipoverty program have had little success thus far. In Housing Policy at a Crossroads: The Why, How, and Who of Assistance Programs, John C. Weicher persuasively makes the case for vouchers as the solution to the 21st century housing policy impasse.

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