Housing and Urban Planning

Housing should not be left to chance

Housing should not be left to chance

Over a nine-day period at the end of October, as covered admirably by The Sun's Yvonne Wenger, nearly 74,000 low-income households in Baltimore enrolled through a Housing Authority website for the chance to secure one of 25,000 spots on a Section 8 waiting list. Those who make the cut have a roughly one in four chance of actually getting a subsidized housing voucher. A lottery. For poor people. For housing. Let that sink in. Because of federal disinvestment in affordable housing, communities like Baltimore are resorting to such strategies to determine which poor individuals and families will make it on lists for the chance to avoid housing insecurity and homelessness. The United...