For local politicians in India, particularly those in urban areas, low-income housing is a major issue. Providing access to land and basic services to poor families is one of their main support and vote generating activities. The importance of low-income housing does not imply, however, that there are fierce local (or state) debates on public housing strategies. In a way the political importance of low income housing is derived from the fact that there are no comprehensive public strategies in this field and that public debates on such strategies are lacking.