and Housing Vouchers - HUD and Affordability
HISTORY OF Public
Housing Projects (1940
– 1960) were an idea whereby cities and states would build
Public Housing “Projects” for the poor. While the idea was
correct – it did not go far enough to “mainstream” the poor
(socially and economically) into the general population. Simply
a group of economically disadvantaged people into government built sections of a city –
separating them from the rest of the city socially.
At the time
these new projects were built, it was on the less desirable
pieces of property in the City – near major highways,
industrial sections of town etc.
projects began to fail as the surrounding communities faltered,
buildings deteriorated and continuing services were not rendered
– social services, physical services etc. Across the
nation, we have slowly begun to dismantle these projects and
build new affordable and low income housing and offering housing
vouchers, empowering people to find affordable housing within a
community of their choice.
8 - HOUSING VOUCHER PROGRAMS
new Housing Programs or Social
Service Programs , designed and administered by
Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD),
are designed to encourage the disadvantaged to seek housing in
the generally community they wish to live. This is mainstreaming.
This is the same concept being used in schools across the
nation. The idea is bring those who are disadvantaged the same
general opportunities (equality)
as those without the disadvantage.
are poor due to disability, abuse, physically handicap or age. Others may have been in trouble in the past, but are seeking a
Section 8 Rental Voucher Program enables affordable housing
choices for very low-income households by permitting families to
choose privately owned rental housing.
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