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Housing and Urban Planning

Housing should not be left to chance

Housing should not be left to chance

Over a nine-day period at the end of October, as covered admirably by The Sun's Yvonne Wenger, nearly 74,000 low-income households in Baltimore enrolled through a Housing Authority website for the chance to secure one of 25,000 spots on a Section 8 waiting list. Those who make the cut have a roughly one in four chance of actually getting a subsidized housing voucher.

A lottery. For poor people. For housing. Let that sink in.

Because of federal disinvestment in affordable housing, communities like Baltimore are resorting to such strategies to determine which poor...