Should We Reject Low Income Housing?

February 15, 2013 in Daily Bulletin

Robert Lerman believes that low income housing should be abolished. His arguments are not as heartless as they may seem:

  • Government sponsored low income housing restricts the areas that those with lower incomes can live in.
  • Instead the government should boost the purchasing power of those with low incomes so that they can live where they want.
  • This could be done by giving low income individuals ‘rent vouchers’. Not only would this empower them to choose where they live, studies suggest it would also be cheaper for the government than building low income housing.

Read more over here about how bad terminology can create bad policy, and other advantages of the voucher idea.

Source: The Atlantic Cities