In an effort to explain why housing remains among the United States’ most enduring social problems, Housing America explores five of the U.S.’s most fundamental, recurrent issues in housing its population: affordability of housing, homelessness, segregation and discrimination in the housing market, homeownership and home financing, and planning. It describes these issues in detail, why they should be considered problems, the history and fundamental social debates surrounding them, and the past, current, and possible policy solutions to address them. While this book focuses on the major problems we face as a society in housing our population, it is also about the choices we make about what is valued in our society in our attempts to solve them. Housing America is appropriate for courses in urban studies, urban planning, and housing policy.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Housing affordability
Chapter 3: Homelessness
Chapter 4: Housing inequalitiesChapter 5: Homeownership, financialization, and the global economy
Chapter 6: Environment and planning
Chapter 7: Conclusion
Emily Tumpson Molina is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, where she teaches courses in urban sociology, quantitative methods, and social problems. Her research interests include housing, urban studies, race and racism, quantitative and geographic methods, and social policy. Her recent work on the foreclosure crisis has appeared in the Journal of Urban Affairs, City & Community, and Housing Policy Debate.