For a new generation of urban progressives, sky-high rents in New York, San Francisco, and other prosperous cities have inspired a fresh embrace of an old and seemingly discredited idea: public housing. Last week, Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota put forth legislation calling for 9. Senator Bernie Sanders, a Democratic presidential candidate, has proposed repealing a federal law limiting the construction of new public-housing projects. Both the historical record and recent news suggest that this faith is misplaced. A lone worker was trying to stem the tide with a mop.
Public Housing Becomes the Latest Progressive Fantasy
Public Housing Is Fundamentally Flawed - The Atlantic
Public housing emerged during the New Deal as a progressive effort to end the scourge of dilapidated housing in American cities. Reformers argued that the private market had failed to provide decent, safe, and affordable housing, and they convinced Congress to provide deep subsidies to local housing authorities to build and manage modern, low-cost housing projects for the working poor. Well-intentioned but ultimately misguided policy decisions encouraged large-scale developments, concentrated poverty and youth, and starved public housing of needed resources. Further, the antipathy of private interests to public competition and the visceral resistance of white Americans to racial integration saddled public housing with many enemies and few friends. Federal policy had few answers and retreated in the s, eventually making a neoliberal turn to embrace public-private partnerships for delivering affordable housing.
Today, the federal government takes general responsibility of the task, but it was not always that way. However, it should be noted that, the services during those times were almost exclusively for Caucasian citizens and minorities were often forgotten. So how did public housing reach its current state?
Public housing , form of government-subsidized housing. Public housing often provides homes to people who earn significantly less than the average national income, though some countries do not set income ceilings. Public housing projects, which usually take the form of large apartment complexes situated in poorer neighborhoods, continue to garner both support and criticism.