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Housing Policy and the Family

Nathan Glazer
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 29, No. 1, Government Programs and the Family (Feb., 1967), pp. 140-163
DOI: 10.2307/349671
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/349671
Page Count: 24
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Housing Policy and the Family
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Abstract

To find direct effects of housing policy on the family is not easy, particularly when, as in the United States, serious dilapidation, absence of essential services, and severe over-crowding is uncommon. American housing policy, responding to the tastes of American families, has emphasized overwhelmingly the financing, building, facilitation of ownership, and protection of the single-family house, preferably unattached. Reflecting certain social characteristics of American families, this housing also strengthens these tendencies. While criticized for favoring the well-to-do, government policies make single-family housing available to families of median income and perhaps below. Programs of housing for the poor are mounted on a relatively small scale, and are subject to severe criticism. Policies are also criticized for failing to provide social heterogeneity and a satisfying pattern of community growth. To move in these directions involves costs American families do not seem willing to undertake.

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