Public Housing

September 10, 1993 • Volume 3, Issue 34
Can the largest assisted-housing program be improved?
By Susan Kellam


According to the usual stereotype, public housing provides shelter primarily for drug dealers and gang members -- in teeming high-rises where decent tenants live in fear. While many “projects” are indeed troubled, most facilities around the country provide safe, clean and affordable accommodations for nearly a million and a half low-income families. Over the years, however, severe budget cuts and the targeting of apartments to very-low-income families have turned many housing developments into isolated, and racially divided, warehouses for the poor. The Clinton administration is tackling some of the problems head on. It is proposing a new rent structure and expanding on innovative ways to integrate and clean-up the projects or, in some cases, to move tenants into better suburban neighborhoods.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Public Housing
Sep. 10, 1993  Public Housing
May 08, 1987  Low Income Housing
Oct. 28, 1970  Low-Income Housing
Jul. 22, 1964  Public Housing in War on Poverty
Apr. 20, 1955  Public Housing, 1955
Jul. 27, 1948  Public Housing
Oct. 12, 1943  Postwar Housing
Nov. 18, 1936  The Unsolved Housing Problem
Jan. 24, 1935  Low Cost Housing in the United States
Low Income and Public Housing
Segregation and Desegregation