Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Community Planning (MCP)


Community Planning and Area Development

First Advisor

Marcia Marker Feld


In an effort to provide decent, safe and sanitary housing for American people, cities and towns, regions, states and the federal government have adopted programs which provide housing for low-income families. As early as 1937 with the passage of the United States Housing Act, it has been the federal government which has been the forerunner to initiate programs for housing.

In most instances, the provision of housing has been of two types. First, has been the provision of housing in a project environment. That is, a type of dwelling structure where a number of households reside in units owned by an agency, usually a housing authority. The dwelling units usually consist of congregate housing. Second, is the provision of housing units in privately owned homes or apartments. Here, a city, state or federal agency pays part of the rent directly to the landlord, with the remaining rent due paid by the tenant. In both types of housing, the subsidies received in rental cost by qualified households are based on a sliding scale relative to the income received by the eligible household.