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Master's Professional Reports Abstract

HUD, Courts, and the Market: An Analysis of the Factors that Influence Participation Rates of Texas Landlords in Section 8 Housing Program

Discrimination against rental subsidy holders in the Section 8 Housing Program is rampant, particularly in Texas urban cities. Protections for persons with certificates and vouchers once established through HUD regulations and judicial decisions have weakened. The only viable provder of affordable housing is the private rental market. Yet, private landlords in Texas have adamantly refused to lease to Section 8 tenants claiming business concerns and excessive government regulation prohibits their participation.

This analysis seeks to test the legitimacy of this proposition offered by Texas private landlords as justification for their lack of participation in Section 8 through a study prepared for this report.

-- Author's foreword.