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Chapter : Housing and Urban Aid
During Ronald Reagan's second term in office, the plight of the nation's homeless attracted increasing attention, provoking congressional reaction, while Congress and the president continued their battle over the fundamental course of federal housing policy.
The administration sought to expand on its first-term success of largely removing the government from the business of subsidizing the construction of housing. During his second term, Reagan sought to make widespread use of vouchers, which tenants used like cash to find housing on their own in the private market.
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Samuel R. Pierce Jr. — the only member of the Cabinet to serve for Reagan's entire eight-year tenure — said, “The primary housing problem of low-income families nationwide is affordability, ...