The authors argue that the long-standing national debate about the proper role of the government in providing low-income housing needs to be clarified because older approaches and solutions are no longer appropriate. They review the history of public housing policies and programs and deal with such issues as the nature of housing inadequacy, the groups most affected by it, the role of the private sector, and the problems associated with the placement if low-income housing. Originally published in 1987. A UNC Press Enduring Edition -- UNC Press Enduring Editions use the latest in digital technology to make available again books from our distinguished backlist that were previously out of print. These editions are published unaltered from the original, and are presented in affordable paperback formats, bringing readers both historical and cultural value.