Economics

Public Housing Isn't Wasted on the Poor

Subsidizing shelter frees up income for better nutrition and investment in kids.

Public housing in Independence, Missouri.

Photographer: Allison Long/Kansas City Star/MCT/Getty images

In the 1930s, when U.S. started to build public housing, it was focused in the inner cities, because that’s where lots of poor people lived and worked. In recent decades, public housing is more about giving poor people vouchers, which allows them to move into the suburbs. As a result, poverty in the U.S. is no longer mainly an urban phenomenon.

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