Yes, I believe that the poor should be told where to live by their government, because people who receive assistance from the government should be told how to live by those who are providing the money. Poor people who are not paying rent or mortgages like everyone else might not be as interested in taking care of their property.
The poor should be told where to live by their government. If they are so poor that they do not have the resources to take care of homes or if they are located in a place with a lot of urban blight, the government should be able to relocate them so that tax resources are combined to work within the infrastructure for things such as utliities.
Government which locks the poor into particular areas also restricts the options of those who are poor to follow the work they want, stake out their own opportunities, and treats a condition of which there are multiple causes and cures as a uniform condition. Poverty is not a result of not living together, or of a particular government or individual result.
No one should ever be ordered to move somewhere. However,
when there are no jobs on the East Coast or in the Rust Belt, it would make sense
to encourage people to move to North Dakota, or any other place where jobs might
be abundant. The government would not be wrong to provide incentives to prompt
people to move to a place where it is easier to find work.
I do not believe the poor should be told where to live by their government, unless they are seeking housing assistance. I believe in cases, such as in the United States, when people seek rent assistance, then they should be open to the housing available to them, rather than feeling the need to select where they live.