"The 113th Congress has been active in considering a number of housing-related issues. In general, the issues that have been of interest to Congress can be divided into two broad categories: (1) issues related to homeownership and financing home purchases, and (2) issues related to housing assistance programs for low-income households. Housing assistance for low-income households tends to be primarily, but not exclusively, related to rental housing. During the 113th Congress, housing and mortgage markets have been showing some signs of recovering after several years of distress. Nevertheless, several issues that Congress has been considering are related to addressing problems that arose from the turmoil in housing and mortgage markets in recent years. Congress has also been considering policy changes designed to address problems that are perceived to have contributed to the housing downturn in an attempt to avoid a similar situation in the future."
CRS Report for Congress, R43367
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