Understanding Affordable Housing Policy
Type of Degree
- October 19-23, 2020
Each day the course runs from 10:00 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
Regular Tuition: $1,995
Students who complete this course will earn 1.2 continuing education units.
This course offers students an introduction to affordable housing policy in the United States. After briefly tracing the history of public housing in the United States, the course will familiarize students with the key policy tools available to build, maintain, and preserve affordable housing. Many of these policies also endeavor to de-concentrate poverty, create mixed-income communities and ensure economic opportunities for low-income households. Students will draw on current social science research to evaluate the effectiveness of these programs and identify challenges to current policy. Students will gain working knowledge about core housing programs and innovative policy interventions designed to ease the crisis of housing affordability.
By the end of the class, students will be able to:
- Understand the causes of the current housing affordability crisis in the United States;
- Identify key programs to build, preserve, and maintain affordable housing.
- Consider the ways that multiple scales of government (e.g., local and federal) work together to implement housing policy;
- Evaluate contemporary social science research used to improve social policy; and
- Develop an independent vision to improve the provision of housing assistance to low-income families.
- People who want to understand the current crisis of housing affordability in the United States and the challenges for neighborhoods, communities and cities; and
- People who want to gain knowledge about the policy toolkit available to expand the supply of affordable housing.
Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) Alignment
The content of this course covers competencies addressed by the following ECQs: Leading People; Leading Change; Results Driven; Building Coalitions and Business Acumen.
Brian J. McCabe is Associate Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University. He holds secondary appointments an adjunct instructor in the Regional and Urban Planning program at the School of Continuing Studies; a core faculty member in the program on Justice and Peace Studies; an affiliated faculty member in the Department of African-American Studies; and an affiliated faculty member in the McCourt School of Public Policy.
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