Make public housing available for those in homeless situations first (i.e. shelters, abandoned buildings, couch hopping, etc.). This way, you know that there truly is a need that needs to be met and you don't have to clamor to get applications in. Take the applications to the shelters or inform the shelters of the location they need to send their clients and you fill the units in a timely manor with people who really need the subsidy.
Idea No. 61