This paper addresses the U.S. Congress' reform of the American welfare system and the possibility of their reforming public housing assistance programs. The author provides background on the Federal role in affordable housing and expresses concern over the potential elimination of the U.S. Department of Housing and Development (HUD) or potential cuts in HUD's budget. Congress' discussion of replacing incremental assistance with housing vouchers is addressed, and the voucher system is criticized. The shift in housing policy that would target low income housing to higher income families also is discussed. The author concludes with a statement regarding the allocation of resources with regard to housing policy and expresses concern over the Congress' proposed housing policy changes.
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