PUBLIC HOUSING STUDY
Boston, Charlotte, Washington DC
PADM 6224
Introduction
• Statement of Purpose
• Paper Summary
– Overview of Policy Area
– City Snapshots
– Research Methods
– Challe...
Overview of Policy Area
• Public Housing Genesis
• 1950’s
• 1960’s
• 1970’s
• 1980’s
• 1990’s to Present
City Snapshots
Boston, Massachusetts
Size: 620,000 (City), 4.6 Million (Metro)
Demographics: 55% White, 25% black,14% Hisp...
City Snapshots
Charlotte, North Carolina
Size: 700,000 (City) 2.4 Million (Metro)
Demographics: 59% White, 32% Black
Gover...
City Snapshots
Washington DC
Size: 600,000 (City) 1.4M (Metro)
Demographics: 54% Black, 36% White, 10% Multiple Other
Gove...
Research Methods
• Journal Articles
• City Government Websites
• Internet Resources
• Telephone Interviews
Challenges
• “Distributed Development”
– Online collaboration
• Data Depth
– Distinguishing advocacy from relevancy
• Diff...
Key Findings (Analysis)
• Public Housing Policy Dependent on Federal Dollars
• Mixed Income Housing Strategies
• Crime, Fi...
Conclusions
• American cities choose similar strategies to
deal with affordable housing shortages
• Public Housing: Ineffi...
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Padm 6224 public housing policy group (devine, laurenzi, vaughan) 3

  1. 1. PUBLIC HOUSING STUDY Boston, Charlotte, Washington DC PADM 6224
  2. 2. Introduction • Statement of Purpose • Paper Summary – Overview of Policy Area – City Snapshots – Research Methods – Challenges – Key Findings/Analysis • Conclusion
  3. 3. Overview of Policy Area • Public Housing Genesis • 1950’s • 1960’s • 1970’s • 1980’s • 1990’s to Present
  4. 4. City Snapshots Boston, Massachusetts Size: 620,000 (City), 4.6 Million (Metro) Demographics: 55% White, 25% black,14% Hispanic or Latino Government Structure: Strong mayor-council Involvement in Public Housing: Boston Housing Authority Recent Trends: “Green,” energy efficient renovations Leading the Way III Programs: Wheelchair accessible housing Family public housing Elderly/disabled public housing Grandparents housing program Section 8 Tenant Based Rental Assistance
  5. 5. City Snapshots Charlotte, North Carolina Size: 700,000 (City) 2.4 Million (Metro) Demographics: 59% White, 32% Black Government Structure: Manager – Council Involvement in Public Housing: Charlotte Housing Authority Recent Trends: Neighborhood Stabilization Coalition for Homeownership Programs: Mixed Income Assisted Section 8 Voucher Family Self Sufficient
  6. 6. City Snapshots Washington DC Size: 600,000 (City) 1.4M (Metro) Demographics: 54% Black, 36% White, 10% Multiple Other Government: Strong Mayor/Council Involvement in Public Housing: DC Housing and Community Development, DC Housing Authority Recent Trends: Financial Recovery Management Restructuring Renovations, New Construction Programs: Partnering w/ Private Developers HOPE VI
  7. 7. Research Methods • Journal Articles • City Government Websites • Internet Resources • Telephone Interviews
  8. 8. Challenges • “Distributed Development” – Online collaboration • Data Depth – Distinguishing advocacy from relevancy • Differentiation – Measurements of success are imprecise
  9. 9. Key Findings (Analysis) • Public Housing Policy Dependent on Federal Dollars • Mixed Income Housing Strategies • Crime, Financial Illiteracy, Declining Infrastructures • Modern Strategy Pairs Social Services with Housing Assistance
  10. 10. Conclusions • American cities choose similar strategies to deal with affordable housing shortages • Public Housing: Inefficient Compromise – Costlier per square foot than private housing – Less expensive than homeless shelters • Quality Public Housing requires social and political commitment
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