New Book: A Right to Housing: Foundation for a New Social Agenda

Posted by on May 12, 2006

[posted from Comm-Org]

From: Larry Yates

A Right to Housing: Foundation for a New Social Agenda, edited by Rachel G. Bratt, Michael E. Stone and Chester Hartman, is about to be published by Temple Press.

The chapters include:

Why a Right to Housing is Needed and Makes Sense: Editors?Introduction
1.The Economic Environment of Housing: Income Inequality and Insecurity ?Chris Tilly
2.Housing Affordability: One-Third of a Nation Shelter-Poor?Michael E. Stone
3.Segregation and Discrimination in Housing?Nancy A. Denton
4.Pernicious Problems of Housing Finance?Michael E. Stone
5.Federal Housing Subsidies: Who Benefits and Why??Peter Dreier
6.The Permanent Housing Crisis: The Failures of Conservativism and the Limitations of Liberalism?Peter Marcuse and Dennis Keating
7.Federally Assisted Housing in Conflict: Privatization or Preservation? ?Emily Paradise Achtenberg
Box: Privatizing Rural Rental Housing?Robert Wiener
8.The Case for a Right to Housing?Chester Hartman
9.The Role of the Courts and a Right to Housing?David B. Bryson
10.Housing Organizing for the Long Haul: Building on Experience?Larry Lamar Yates
11.Social Ownership?Michael E. Stone
12.Social Financing?Michael Swack
13.The Elderly and a Right to Housing?Jon Pynoos and Christy M. Nishita
14.Opening Doors: What a Right to Housing Means for Women?Susan Saegert and Hel?ne Clark
15.Responses to Homelessness: Past Policies, Future Directions and a Right to Housing?Rob Rosenthal and Maria Foscarinis
16.Community Development Corporations: Challenges in Supporting a Right to Housing?Rachel G. Bratt
Box: Old and New Challenges Facing Rural Housing Nonprofits?Robert Wiener
17.Between Devolution and the Deep Blue Sea: What’s a City or State To Do??John Emmeus Davis
18.Housing and Economic Security?Rachel G. Bratt

Note: Item 10 is a version of the Comm-Org paper with the same title.

In the words of the blurb — “With essays by leading activists and scholars, this book presents a powerful and compelling analysis of the persistent inability of the U.S. to meet many of its citizens’ housing needs, and a comprehensive proposal for progressive change.”

I haven’t actually read most of the book yet myself, but the editors have done a great job of getting a lot of the right people to write it. I think it will be genuinely useful to organizers and advocates.

Larry Yates
VOP Valley Organizer
P.O. Box 245
Maurertown VA 22644
540 436 3432

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