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The Annual Public Housing Authority Plan

A New Opportunity to Influence Local Public Housing and Section 8 Policy

By David B. Bryson & Daniel P. Lindsey

The 1998 Housing Act's requirement that public housing authorities set forth policy in an annual plan is Congress' way of keeping public housing authorities accountable. The annual plan is a public document, and as such a public housing authority cannot hide or downplay strategic policy decisions affecting low-income families in its jurisdiction. Procedures for developing the annual plan should allow for increasing tenant and applicant participation.

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