ERIC Number: ED106022
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Rural Housing--Need and Non-Response.
Rural Housing Alliance, Washington, DC.
Rural areas contain 25 percent of the nation's population and 60 percent of its substandard housing, a fact primarily attributable to maldistribution of income, geographic distribution, and racial discrimination. Federal intervention in housing has been largely indirect and to the benefit of upper income groups, with tax subsidies accounting for two-thirds of all subsidy costs. Benefits from direct subsidies are about evenly split between low and moderate income groups, though the latter accounts for a rapidly increasing share. Federal intervention has sought to expand private business operations but has not offset the deficiencies of that sector, failing to eliminate patterns of racial discrimination and possibly intensifying patterns of geographic distortions. If adequate housing is to be provided for rural areas, major reforms must be made in Federal housing policy and should include creation of: (1) a comprehensive national housing program; (2) a department of rural affairs; (3) an emergency rural housing administration; (4) a local housing delivery system; (5) a rural housing development bank; (6) a Federal capital budget which makes distinctions between wealth producing and nonproducing endeavors; and (7) a finance and subsidy arrangement that covers cost of: new and rebuilt housing, maintenance, operation (to include insurance and utilities), and taxes. (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rural Housing Alliance, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Rural America (1st, Washington, D.C., April 1975)