Federal Housing Assistance and Welfare Reform

Brief

Federal Housing Assistance and Welfare Reform

Uncharted Territory
December 1, 1997

Abstract

In 1995, federal outlays for housing assistance to the poor ($19 billion) exceeded those for Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) by $7 billion. About one-fifth of the households that received AFDC also received federal housing subsidies. This policy brief examines the role of housing assistance as an important part of the social safety net and how welfare reform affects housing programs and describes differences between federal housing assistance and other parts of the safety net.

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