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An analysis of current welfare housing policies in New York City, their costs, results, and weaknesses, and some alternatives that should be considered to improve the quality of housing while keeping the rent allowance costs of the Department of Social Services at a reasonable level. For recurring grants to cover clients' monthly rents, the report proposes two policy alternatives. Rent standards are developed for these policies based on a space standard for each household size and actual costs of well-maintained housing. Costs and impacts of these options over time are traced and their success in meeting housing policy goals is evaluated. The report also assesses the benefits of transition policies, and borough-specific vs. citywide standards. Finally, it proposes a complete restructuring of the conditions and form of issuance of housing-related special payments to eliminate the inequities and perverse incentives of current procedures.

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