Market intermediaries and indirect suppliers : first year report for site I

by Sammis B. White

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During the first year of the housing allowance program in Brown County, Wisconsin, only eight program participants bought homes, and lenders had few inquiries from eligible or participating households about home purchase or improvement. The attitudes of lenders toward program participants are thus hard to determine, although they seem dubious about their creditworthiness as low-income borrowers. The effects of the program on the home repair industry were insignificant, most of the repairs having been done by owners or occupants at a cost of less than $100. The increased community awareness of housing problems, manifested in the formation of neighborhood improvement groups, in public debates, and in the establishment of loan funds for buying and rehabilitating housing, may prove to be more important effects of the program.

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