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What is low-income housing?

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Low-income housing provides low-income families with safe, affordable housing. The Department of Housing and Urban Development states that families paying more than 30 percent of their income for housing may be eligible for assistance.

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The Department of Housing and Urban Development provides funding for low-income housing. This kind of housing includes public housing, subsidized housing and housing paid for through voucher programs. For instance, the HUD Section 8 program is a voucher program that pays all or part of the rent for low-income families.

Federally funded public housing is available to low-income families and individuals that meet the eligibility criteria determined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Public housing is widely available and rent costs are based on the income of the participants.

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