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Rachel G. Kleit
PB AF 565
Seattle Campus

Topics in Urban Affairs

Examines various topics of public importance in urban policy. Integrates the political, managerial, and economic dimensions of these issues.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

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%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Blake N Cooper
Date: 11/10/2008