Federal Programs for Addressing Low-Income Housing Needs

A Policy Primer

By The Urban Institute

November 1, 2008


This report provides an overview of federal rental assistance programs, key data on who is served by these programs, and the housing policy challenges at the local, state and federal levels as of 2008. 

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Key Takeaway

Giving All Eligible Families Access To Affordable Housing Must Be A Priority

Having decent, affordable homes in safe neighborhoods can help families on the path to financial stability. Yet, federal housing programs serve only a fraction of those who qualify, leaving millions of families vulnerable and at risk. Leaders at the local, state and federal levels are called upon to ensure more qualified families receive assistance, and that families receiving housing subsidies are linked to services that will help them on the path to economic independence.

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations