November 01, 2001

New Directions for Public Aid to Faith-Based Housing Activities? (2001, 15:06)

New Directions for Public Aid to Faith-Based Housing Activities?

Probate and Property, November/December 2001, Volume 15, Number 6

By Myra H. Barron and Jerome A. Barron

Public funding for faith-based housing activities is not new. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has provided funds to religiously affiliated organizations on a limited basis for some time. The role of religious entities will greatly expand, however, if the Charitable Choice provision of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, Pub. L. No. 104-193, Title I, § 104, 42 U.S.C. § 604a (Supp. V 1999), is extended to the housing field, as suggested in recent initiatives proposed by President Bush. This article discusses some of the issues raised by these initiatives.

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