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First Annual Report of the Experimental Housing Allowance Program

Report Acceptance Date: 
May 1973 (56 Pages)
Posted Date:   
February 6, 2012

Section 501 generally and Section 504 specifically of the Housing Act of 1970 directed the Department of Housing and Urban Development to establish an experiment to demonstrate the feasibility of a housing allowance program. Under the concept to be tested, allowance payments will be made available to families in need. The families may canvass the market to select housing of their choice. Because the payments are made to a family instead of being attached to a specific housing unit, they will follow a family that moves from one unit to another so long as its income is so,low as to require assistance. This direct form of housing assistance has the potential for expanding a family's housing choice and providing for its free movement in the housing market.

This report is part of the collection of scanned historical documents available to the public.