The Globe has a great editorial about housing issues and creating more vouchers for lowest income families.
There is currently a shortage of housing vouchers for lowest income families, so:
Sciortino and more than 50 other representatives back a bill that would wisely and mercifully add $10 million to the state’s voucher program. This money would stabilize existing vouchers and create 1,200 new ones.
Who would get the help? Working families earning very low salaries, such as child-care workers, home health aides, and medical assistants whose average annual salaries can range from $20,000 to $30,000. Workers who earn the minimum wage make only $14,040. It’s all considerably less than the state’s median family income of $74,400 in 2005, according to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. And once families pay the rent, they have little left for other essentials and some are at risk of becoming homeless.”
This is an important first step, but I don’t get the sense most low income workers want to live off the state and federal government forever.
What other ways are there to make housing more affordable for lowest income workers in the long run?