A Right to Housing: Foundation for a New Social Agenda / Edition 1

A Right to Housing: Foundation for a New Social Agenda / Edition 1

by Rachel Bratt, Michael Stone, Chester Hartman
     
 

ISBN-10: 1592134327

ISBN-13: 9781592134328

Pub. Date: 02/28/2006

Publisher: Temple University Press

In the 1949 Housing Act, Congress declared "a decent home and a suitable living environment for every American family" our national housing goal. Today, little more than half a century later, upwards of 100 million people in the United States live in housing that is physically inadequate, unsafe, overcrowded, or unaffordable.

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Overview

In the 1949 Housing Act, Congress declared "a decent home and a suitable living environment for every American family" our national housing goal. Today, little more than half a century later, upwards of 100 million people in the United States live in housing that is physically inadequate, unsafe, overcrowded, or unaffordable.

The contributors to A Right to Housing consider the key issues related to America's housing crisis, including income inequality and insecurity, segregation and discrimination, the rights of the elderly, as well as legislative and judicial responses to homelessness. The book offers a detailed examination of how access to adequate housing is directly related to economic security.

With essays by leading activists and scholars, this book presents a powerful and compelling analysis of the persistent inability of the U.S. to meet many of its citizens' housing needs, and a comprehensive proposal for progressive change.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592134328
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
526,576
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Why a right to housing is needed and makes sense1
1The economic environment of housing : income inequality and insecurity20
2Housing affordability : one-third of a nation shelter-poor38
3Segregation and discrimination in housing61
4Pernicious problems of housing finance82
5Federal housing subsidies : who benefits and why?105
6The permanent housing crisis : the failures of conservatism and the limitations of liberalism139
7Federally-assisted housing in conflict : privatization or preservation?163
8The case for a right to housing177
9The role of the courts and a right to housing193
10Housing organizing for the long haul : building on experience213
11Social ownership240
12Social financing261
13The elderly and a right to housing279
14Opening doors : what a right to housing means for women296
15Responses to homelessness : past policies, future directions, and a right to housing316
16Community development corporations : challenges in supporting a right to housing340
17Between devolution and the deep blue sea : what's a city or state to do?364
18Housing and economic security399

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