Federal Housing Programs in the United States
My WESIP experience consisted of working on various tasks for Cain Realty of Kalamazoo. My routine tasks consisted of bringing up data on the computer, typing letters of introduction and follow up, hunting down files, and mailing information. Most of my time was spent observing the business procedures of the real estate market. These observations included inspections, showings, listings, closings, bargaining, and assessing. In order to fulfill my SIP requirement, I also did research on federal housing programs for the poor, for the years 1975- 1985. This report explains the history of housing programs, current programs, a possible alternative of in-kind housing vouchers, and closes with a brief conclusion. My work experience was completely different than I had expected. People didn't just sit around while buyers and sellers exchanged contracts. They worked very hard at their jobs. And the job of selling real estate is a very difficult one. Another very difficult job is trying to provide adequate housing for all. Not every program works, and some are more efficient than others, but it is only through trial and error that we can find out. Working for the Realty company made me realize that my graduation from Kalamazoo College will . be only one part of my total "life" education. It is only. through real life or hands on experience that one can truly see the world around them, and hopefully, find their niche in it.