Housing Policy in the United States
Routledge – 2010 – 368 pages
The most widely used and most widely referenced "basic book" on Housing Policy in the United States has now been substantially revised to examine the turmoil resulting from the collapse of the housing market in 2007 and the related financial crisis. The text covers the impact of the crisis in depth, including policy changes put in place and proposed by the Obama administration. This new edition also includes the latest data on housing trends and program budgets, and an expanded discussion of homelessnessof homelessness.
"This is THE book to use for courses on housing policy and programs.The book conveys the strengths and weaknesses of America’s crazy-quilt system of housing development, regulation, finance, and policy. Kudos again to Alex Schwartz for making a complex topic understandable, even enjoyable, without over-simplifying."—Peter Dreier, Politics, Occidental College
"This book could not be more timely. At the height of a global financial meltdown brought on by outrageous predatory mortgage lending practices just a few short years ago, this book shines a bright line on both the long term and short term policies that brought us the most devastating economic crisis since the Great Depression."—Gregory Squires, Sociology, George Washington University
"Housing Policy in the United States was already in a class by itself. Now with its updated statistics and analysis of the recent housing crunch, the second edition becomes a "no-brainer" choice as foundational text for social scientists and planners interested in contemporary housing problems and policy responses."—George Galster, Urban Studies and Planning, Wayne State University
1. Introduction 2. Trends, Patterns, Problems 3. Housing Finance 4. Taxes and Housing 5. The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit 6. Public Housing 7. Privately Owned Rental Housing Built with Federal Subsidy 8. Vouchers 9. State and Local Housing Policy and the Nonprofit Sector 10. Housing for People with Special Needs 11. Fair Housing and Community Reinvestment 12. Home Ownership and Income Integration 13. Conclusions
Alex F. Schwartz is Associate Professor at Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy and Chairman of the school’s Department of Urban Policy Analysis and Management.