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Public Housing in Urban Communities

Abstract In this paper I will be discussing the many aspects of the public housing authorizes. Working for the Jersey City Housing Authority, I see first hand the many problems that are going on and also living in public housing I have seen the many ups and downs as well. For example, the budget cuts that are going on throughout the United States are causing more public housing to loose funding and are causing them to down size in staff and housing as well. Many of the public housing sites in the United States are privatizing because they don’t have the funding and staff to manage these sites that are considered to be severely distressed.

What is public housing? According to the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): Public housing was established to provide decent and safe housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. Public housing comes in all size and types, from scattered single family houses to high rise apartments for elderly families. There are approximately 1.2 million households living in public housing unites, managed by some 3,300 HAs.
However, over the past few years public housing has changed. For example, there are less funding for public housing and now a lot of the public housing sites all over the United States are being privatized. In 1980, many changes started to occur in the public housing authorities. PHA financing and program authority are more flexible, while federal funding has shrunk. These policy changes have led to the loss of tens of thousands of units of affordable housing, increasing private provision of affordable housing, broader income targets for the clients of assisted housing and a focus on the deconcentration of housing for the…...

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