Thursday, December 25, 2008

The Case for Housing Choice

From Harlem to Atlanta, the site of huge project buildings can be a sore spot for any developing community. The question that many people have concerning these government run facilities is are they empowering people or are they hindering them.Most of these facilities are run by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and exist to provide low-income housing tenats with housing alternatives. Over the years, a few Republicans have come up with an alternative reform view to such facilities known to policy specialist as Housing Choice.

The Heritage Foundations Dr. Ronald D. Utt, is one of the Housing Choice movement’s strongest advocates. One issue that Republicans can use to retake and remake the inner city is the issue of Housing Choice a policy very similar to school choice but with a focus on the project industrial complex industry. Never the less there is a well organized group of housing advocates and project building maintainers who prefer the status quo. The Democrats of course love these facilities because having thousands of people packed in one place can be very useful around election time.

If you would like to read more about Housing Choice, please see the article below from Heritage detailing a few suggestions on empowering the poor to home ownership.

The article is entitled Time for a Bipartisan Reform of Public Housing


Because public housing serves only the poor, typically in large complexes of a hundred or more units, families assisted by this program are rigidly segregated from the rest of society, always by income class and also by education and workforce participation. In the major urban areas, public housing residents are segregated almost exclusively by race. Indeed, one would be hard-pressed to find another American institution that induces measures of racial segregation as effectively as does public housing.

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