Housing the Lowest Income Americans: The Past, Present and Future of Public Housing

author: Lawerence Vale, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT
published: June 7, 2011,   recorded: June 2003,   views: 2535

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Vale provides a historical overview of public housing in America and shares insights from his most recent book Reclaiming Public Housing. He shows provocative images from early advertisements to demonstrate some of society’s long held attitudes toward public housing and those who live in public housing. He analyses government policies as they evolved to provide housing to “reward people who are most deserving” of assistance, or to provide housing assistance as a “coping mechanism”.

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