Segregation in Federally Subsidized Low-income Housing in the United States

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 1998 - Business & Economics - 153 pages
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Earlier studies of subsidized housing assume that segregation is a manifestation of white prejudice, and that the Fair Housing Act of 1968 would significantly remedy inequalities in housing and, in the process, narrow the socioeconomic gap between racial groups. This book argues, on the contrary, that segregation by race and income has been an integral part of federal housing policy from its inception and that white prejudice merely obscures the federal government's role in maintaining segregation.

Despite formal claims of providing decent, safe, and sanitary housing for the poor, the authors show how federal low-income housing programs have been used as instruments of urban renewal while doing little to realize their formal goals. The authors use a historical and statistical review of federally subsidized low-rent housing to demonstrate their thesis.


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Housing History and Schools of Thought
Development of LowIncome Housing in the United States
Research Procedure
Patterns of Segregation in LowIncome Housing 19321963
Patterns of Racial Segregation and Economic Isolation 19641992
Trends in Subsidized Housing Segregation
Summary and Conclusion
Selected Bibliography

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About the author (1998)

MODIBO COULIBALY is a Research Assistant in the Department of Economics at Howard University.

RODNEY D. GREEN is Professor of Economics at Howard University. His earlier books include Minority Displacement and Rapid Transit Station Site Development (1993) and Forecasting with Computer Models: Energy, Population, and Econometric Forecasting (Praeger, 1985).

DAVID M. JAMES is on the faculty at Howard University.

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