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Cityscape: Volume 15 Number 3 | Article 21


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Rental Assistance and Crime

Volume 15, Number 3

Mark D. Shroder

Michelle P. Matuga

The Public Purpose of FHA

Roberto G. Quercia
Kevin A. Park
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Recent reviews of the Federal Housing Administration’s Mutual Mortgage Insurance (MMI) Fund find that the losses on its portfolio are projected to exceed the revenue from its existing insurance policies and its current capital resources. This article places the MMI Fund’s “negative economic value” and recent draw on the U.S. Treasury in context and argues that the justification for federal mortgage insurance is the public purpose it serves by filling gaps the private sector leaves, thereby contributing to a healthy and stable housing market.

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