Who Should Run the Housing Voucher Program? A Reform Proposal

Bruce Katz and Margery Austin Turner

Section 8, commonly known as “housing vouchers,” is the federal government’s primary rental assistance program. It is administered by thousands of local public housing agencies in a balkanized system that seriously undermines the potential of the program. This working paper explores options for administering the federal housing voucher program at the metropolitan level. (A version of this essay is forthcoming in Housing Policy Debate, published by the Fannie Mae Foundation).