Defining the American Dream

Affordable Housing 2010 Style

Posted on Friday, August 20, 2010

Cities are being overwhelmed with applications for public housing units.

In Atlanta, 30,000 people lined up to apply for 455 vouchers. Roanoke, Va., opened the waiting list for the first time in three years and added 2,400 people – there are no vacancies.

When Chicago opened its public housing list for the first time in a decade earlier this summer, nearly 215,000 people applied within the four-week window.

The federal government provides 2 million vouchers nationwide. There are four applications for every one vacancy, says Linda Couch, senior vice president for policy at the National Low Income Housing Coalition, an advocacy group.

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