Affordable Housing History

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The need to provide a safe and suitable housing has been problematic since the 1800s in the United States. The tenement reform was an early intervention by the local government before the federal government got involved in 1937. Congress passed the Wagner-steagall housing Act, which established the current federal housing program. For the past years, public housing authorities having been trying to attain the level of success mixed income housing authorities pursue today? The beginning of mixed income housing was the 1970s with a federal program and a local jurisdiction that initiated inclusionary zoning. Mixed income housing begun after a New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that inclusion of affordable housing would fulfill a municipality’s
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By 1986, the U.S congress authorized the low income housing Tax credit (LIHTC) program, which provided a tax credit to private developers, which included affordable housing in their developments. As proof, LIHTC mixed income policy became a way to de-concentrate poverty and redevelop urban neighborhoods in the 1970 to 1990’s. As a result, in 1992, the HOPE IV program was developed as a peak of this interest with the level of poverty in the inner cities of America in the 1970’s and 1980’s on the rise. Federal policy makers were attracted by the mixed income housing. The department of Housing and urban development who were running a different housing program switched to mixed income housing to meet the needs of the poor. By repairing public housing and the emergence of new urbanism over time, the incremental policy set the stage for the mixed income housing development today. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban …show more content…
(2013) Mixed income housing development plan should make sure that for every affordable housing that is destroyed, new mixed income housing units are built within the development site or that new development site replaces destroyed subsidized unit to decrease the level of displacement related to mixed income development. This will allow residents to benefit from regenerating communities in which they were raised.
Poverty Alleviation
According to (see Joseph, 2006; Joseph, Chaskin, and Webber, 2007), mixed income housing does not alleviate the poverty level in mixed income community. The placement of low income families in a community or place may worsen or lead to uneven distribution of services such as school and other amenities. However, the causes of poverty among capitalist states are (organization of labor market, the structure and character of the demand for labor in those market) and most importantly the ratio of wage labor to house hold income wealth. The effort to solve the poverty must be a realistic one. 1) Changing the system of labor market so that being in wage job would not mean being poor, 2) By providing welfare to those hired in wage jobs so that not being employed will not mean being

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