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

By Modibo Coulibaly; Rodney D. Green et al. | Go to book overview

of no noticeable opposition from federal housing agencies. The period from 1932, when the federal government first became involved in public housing construction and what was then called slum clearance), to the early 1960s, when discrimination and segregation in housing programs receiving direct or indirect federal financial aid were formally prohibited, will be referred to as the early period of subsidized housing.

The time since 1964, the high point of the civil rights movement with its important goal of ending segregation in the housing market, will be referred to as the modern period of subsidized housing. What distinguishes this period from the earlier one (at least formally) is the withdrawal of support for segregation by federal housing agencies. We hypothesize that during the early period, subsidized low-income housing projects were, as a matter of public policy, concentrated in low-income areas and assigned to tenants on the basis of race, and that this process still characterized the housing programs, with no significant improvement, in the modern period.


NOTES
1.
National Committee Against Discrimination in Housing, Citizens' Guide to the Federal Fair Housing Law of 1968 ( New York: National Committee Against Discrimination in Housing, 1968), 12-13.
2.
Frank Watson, Housing Problems and Possibilities in the United States ( New York: Harper & Brothers, 1935), 16-17.
3.
For similar examples, see Ann R. Markusen, "Class and Urban Social Expenditure: A Marxist Theory of Metropolitan Government," in Marxism and the Metropolis: New Perspectives in Urban Political Economy, ed. William K. Tabb and Larry Sawers , 2d ed. ( New York: Oxford University Press, 1984), 82-100.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Tables vii
  • Preface xi
  • 1 - Introduction 1
  • Notes 3
  • 2 - Housing, History, and Schools of Thought 5
  • Summary of the Post-Civil Rights Literature 17
  • Notes 18
  • 3 - Development of Low-Income Housing in the United States 23
  • Summary 35
  • Notes 36
  • 4 - Research Procedure 43
  • Summary 58
  • Notes 59
  • 5 - Patterns of Segregation in Low-Income Housing, 1932-1963 63
  • Conclusion About the PWA 69
  • Conclusions About the USHA 80
  • Conclusions About War Housing 86
  • Summary: Patterns of Segregation in the Early Period 92
  • Notes 94
  • 6 - Patterns of Racial Segregation and Economic Isolation, 1964-1992 101
  • Summary 117
  • Notes 119
  • 7 - Trends in Subsidized Housing Segregation 123
  • Summary 129
  • Notes 130
  • 8 - Summary and Conclusion 131
  • Appendix 135
  • Note 137
  • Selected Bibliography 139
  • Index 151
  • ABOUT THE AUTHORS 155
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