The housing assistance supply experiment: an overview

by Ira S. Lowry

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The Housing Assistance Supply Experiment is designed to show how a direct cash payment approach to low-income housing assistance would work as a national program. Experimental housing allowance programs are under way in two sites--Brown County, Wisconsin, and St. Joseph County, Indiana. As of October 1975, over 3,600 households had been enrolled in Brown County, and the St. Joseph County program had enrolled nearly 2,250. Benefits, which are scaled to income, household size, and local housing costs, average $58 per month in Brown County and $71 per month in St. Joseph County. The program is winning acceptance by landlords and mortgage lenders, and is influencing public decisions in both sites.

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