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Cityscape: Volume 19 Number 1 | Waste of a Scarce Resource


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Volume 19, Number 1

Mark D. Shroder

Michelle P. Matuga

Waste of a Scarce Resource

Barbara Sard
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Refereed Papers
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The public should not subsidize the rental costs of families with incomes between 80 and 120 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI), with a few limited exceptions. Instead, we should target scarce public funds to families who most need help affording a decent, stable home in a neighborhood that provides opportunities for them to thrive. That is not only fair but also smart public policy, because those are the investments that pay social dividends in the long run.

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