Housing—whether looking for it or living in it—is a part of every American's life. Although shelter is a basic necessity, the housing sector encompasses a wide set of economic activities affecting everything from financial markets to the demand for commodities such as lumber. Through the use of subsidies, the federal government aims to reduce the cost of producing, purchasing or renting housing for households at a variety of income levels. These subsidies are distributed through dozens of programs, which provide grants, loans, tax expenditures or other incentives that support the construction of apartments, decrease the costs of mortgages and affect many other activities. Read the full report.
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