Housing Policy In The United States: An Introduction

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Housing Policy in the United States is an essential guidebook to, and textbook for, housing policy, it is written for students, practitioners, government officials, real estate developers, and policy analysts. It discusses the most important issues in the field, introduces key concepts and institutions, and examines the most important programs. Written as an introductory text, it explains all concepts, trends, and programs without jargon, and includes empirical data concerning program evaluations, government documents, and studies carried out by the author and other scholars.

The first chapters present the context surrounding US housing policy, including basic trends and problems, the housing finance system, and the role of the federal tax system in subsidizing homeowner and rental housing. The middle chapters focus on individual subsidy programs. The closing chapters discuss issues and programs that do not necessarily involve subsidies, including homeownership, mixed-income housing, and governmental efforts to improve access to housing by reducing discriminatory barriers in the housing and mortgage markets. The concluding chapter also offers reflections on future directions of US. housing policy.

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Alex F. Schwartz is Associate Professor at the Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy at New School University and Chairman of the School's Department of Urban Policy Analysis and Management.

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"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

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