Stepping Up: How Cities Are Working to Keep America’s Poorest Families Housed

By Matthew Johnson, Urban Institute

“In Austin and Boston, local players are using focused efforts, creativity, and coordination to make a difference. But these innovative actors cannot close the housing affordability gap using only local strategies and resources.” With federal public housing programs unable to meet demand, cities are finding unorthodox ways to secure housing for their poorest residents. However, even a combination of state and local programs leaves some of America’s most vulnerable without stable housing.

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