Principles to Guide Housing Policy in the New Millenium
in Cityscapes: A Journal of Policy Development and Research. 5(2): 5-19.
Schill, M. & Wachter, S.
The 1990s were a tumultuous time for Federal housing policy. The decade began with deep divisions in the housing community over how to deliver housing assistance. Federal budget cuts in the mid-1990s, for the first time in recent history, essentially froze the number of households that received housing assistance. At roughly the same time, the continuing existence of HUD was itself in doubt, as the New York Times Magazine in 1995 published its lead article proclaiming "The Year That Housing Died."
As the new millennium begins, things have changed dramatically. Not only is Congress no longer seriously questioning whether to disband HUD, but in response to a record-setting economic expansion and internal reforms within the agency, Congress has substantially increased HUD 's budget. In marked contrast to the beginning of the last decade, remarkable consensus exists among housing policymakers and analysts over the future direction of housing policy. In this article, we explore this emerging consensus and set forth our views regarding the principles that should guide housing policy over the next decade.