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Low-Income Housing
Last Featured: 2/5/2007

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Homeownership in America is at an all-time high. Nearly 70 percent of Americans now own their homes. But the increase in home purchasing has been mostly by upper-income families. Low- and moderate-income families are finding it increasingly difficult to find affordable places to live and three and a half million people still reside in some form of government-subsidized housing. In recent years, government aid for that housing has also significantly changed. High-rise public housing projects have given way to new approaches where low-income residents are provided vouchers for the private market or live in mixed-income developments. Join us for this edition of Justice Talking as we look at the governmental policies that affect low-income housing.

Interview with a Public Housing Resident
Host Margot Adler speaks with a woman about her experience living in public housing.

Mary C. Johns currently works as deputy executive director for We The People Media and is the editor-in-chief of the Residents' Journal, a magazine produced by and for public housing residents. In the summer of 2000, Mary became the first public housing resident to serve as editor-in-chief of the Residents' Journal.

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Interview with a Housing Expert
Host Margot Adler speaks with a former HUD official about the origins of federally-funded public housing and its history.

Nicolas P. Retsinas is director of Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, which conducts research to examine and address the most critical housing and community development issues in America. Retsinas is also a lecturer in housing studies at the Graduate School of Design and the Kennedy School of Government, and in real estate at the Harvard Business School.

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Debate on the Issue: Affordable Housing
A free market specialist and public housing advocate square off over public housing policy.

Howard Husock is the vice president of programs and the director of the Manhattan Institute's Social Entrepreneurship Initiative. He is most recently the author of America's Trillion-Dollar Housing Mistake: The Failure of American Housing Policy and of the Reason Foundation study "Repairing the Ladder: Toward a New Housing Policy Paradigm."

Barbara Sard is the director of housing policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, where she focuses on low-income housing policy, particularly housing voucher programs and admission to subsidized housing. Prior to working at the Center, Barbara was the senior managing attorney of the housing unit at Greater Boston Legal Services for more than 19 years.

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Comparing Rents Across the Country
Host Margot Adler and housing advocate Danilo Pelletiere compare the cost of renting an apartment in different cities and towns.

Danilo Pelletiere is the research director of the National Low Income Housing Coalition. He is the author and co-author of over 30 published articles, book chapters, and professional reports focusing on housing, economic development and transportation policy, including the coalition's annual report Out of Reach, one of the most cited sources on local housing costs in the United States.

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Interview with a Policy Maker
Host Margot Adler speaks with a career housing official about the government's track record in providing safe and affordable housing to the people who need it.

Orlando J. Cabrera is the assistant secretary for public and Indian housing at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Before joining HUD, he was executive director of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation.

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Report from Philadelphia

Reporter Brad Linder visits a Philadelphia homeless woman with three children who with help from a nonprofit agency is looking forward to her first real home.

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Low-Income Housing Design
Host Margot Adler speaks with an architect who specializes in designing public housing that doesn't look like public housing.

Michael Pyatok is the principal of Pyatok Architects in Oakland, California and is one the leading designers of low-income housing in the United States. He is the director of the Stardust Center for Affordable Homes and the Family at Arizona State University and a professor of architecture on leave from the University of Washington in Seattle.

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