Rachel G. Kleit
PB AF 565
Examines various topics of public importance in urban policy. Integrates the political, managerial, and economic dimensions of these issues.
HOUSING AND SOCIAL POLICY: This course focuses on the problem of affordable housing and its interrelationships with social problems in the United States. We begin with an analysis of the causes, extent, and social dimensions of the problem. In order to understand the current context, we trace the history of housing policy at the federal, state, and local levels since the beginning of the 20th century, analyzing the political perspectives that have shaped the debates concerning affordable housing in the past and will shape them into the future. We explore the refocusing of affordable housing policy on social problems rather than the provision of affordable housing, including examinations of mixed-income housing, poverty dispersal policies, low-income homeownership efforts, and maintaining the long-term affordability of housing. Together we will examine the complex delivery and finance system for affordable housing as it has evolved through changing federal priorities, including federal, state, and local programs, the non-profit and private sectors, secondary lending markets, and the tax system. We end with an exploration of promising strategies for the future.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
The class format is a seminar with includes discussion and guest speakers.
Class assignments and grading
Course requirements include a mid-term policy memo, leading class discussion, and a final paper.
Class discussion 20% Paper 1 25% Paper 2 45% Presentation 10% 100%