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New England Journal of Public Policy

2004

Poor families

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Shelter Poverty: The Chronic Crisis Of Housing Affordability, Michael E. Stone Sep 2004

Shelter Poverty: The Chronic Crisis Of Housing Affordability, Michael E. Stone

New England Journal of Public Policy

This paper examines housing affordability in the United States over the past three decades using the author’s concept of “shelter poverty.” The major findings are as follows: The number of shelter-poor households has been over 30 million since the early 1990s, an increase of more than 70 percent since 1970. Among families with children, rates of shelter poverty are much higher, and over the past several decades have risen faster, than among households with just one or two persons. Nearly half of all renter households are shelter-poor, victims of low incomes and rising rents; most low-income renters are headed ...


The Empty Promise, Elaine Werby Sep 2004

The Empty Promise, Elaine Werby

New England Journal of Public Policy

This article reviews the federal role in providing rental housing for low-income households. It suggests that reliance on the private market has characterized the variety of programs designed to meet the housing needs of this population group. Despite some progress, millions of low-income households still lack stable, secure housing that they can afford, and the major current program of rent subsidies is under attack.