Marriage and Earned Income Tax Credit Versus Section 8 Lottery

Published August 20, 2007

The August 15 article (“Housing Voucher Scam Probed”) on the Boston Housing Authority and Section 8 voucher scams provides a succinct overview of the fallacy of using subsidized rental payments to create housing options for the poor. These programs create unrealistic waiting lists of thousands of potential renters. They shift poverty from one neighborhood to another.

Private housing markets can develop affordable rental property once government regulations are modified to allow for affordable construction.

Ralph W. Conner ([email protected]) is local legislation manager for The Heartland Institute.