Pilot Urban Impact Analysis
HUD Conventional Low Rent Public Housing and Section 23 Leased Housing Programs
Analyzes the urban impacts of HUD's conventional Public Housing and Section 23 Leased Housing programs. After placing the programs in historical context the Note analyzes how they work; how program funds are distributed geographically, as well as how the programs (1) affect the availability of housing, the character of neighborhoods and the fiscal circumstances of local government, (2) provide employment and income opportunities, and (3) benefit particular population groups. HUD's ability to change or improve the allocation of benefits to people or places is severely limited, but the Note suggests some issues and problems that need to be considered in developing future policy. Public housing should be considered within the context of an overall HUD-assisted housing policy which must address the issues of program cost and equity and, given finite resources, how the mix between housing quality and number of beneficiaries should be apportioned.