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THE NORTHEAST HOUSING SQUEEZE: Searching for Solutions After years of underfunding and neglect, housing is back on the national political agenda. Although budget constraints rule out a return of the deep subsidy programs of the 1960s and 1970s, increased federal funding for housing assistance is likely as the nation addresses its housing problem. Here in New England, state and local capacity to participate in new housing initiatives is strong. Each state in the region boasts of active state housing finance agencies, committee city and town officials, and strong communitybased development groups. But despite the prospects of increased funding—federal or state—and the commitment of local officials, the region faces a larger problem. Unless methods can be created to expand the land available for development,