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Fighting the Housing Crisis with Underachieving Programs: The Problem with Section 8

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Washington University Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law


This Article explores one loophole that must be closed by new legislation. This loophole enables landlords to benefit financially from participation in the Section 8 program without holding them accountable to their contractual obligations. The failure to enforce the landlords' contracts and the lack of statutory and regulatory enforcement by the Section 8 administrators deny participating tenants their rights under the program and effectively negate the original intent of the legislation creating the program.