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date: 01 July 2022

Housinglocked

Housinglocked

  • Anita Zuberi, Anita ZuberiDuquesne University
  • Gale SchwartzGale SchwartzHousing Alliance of Pennsylvania
  •  and Tracy M. SoskaTracy M. SoskaUniversity of Pittsburgh

Summary

Housing remains foundational to the American Dream, but it is also among our most challenging social issues. The collapse of the housing market in the early 21st century, along with the persistent challenges of affordable housing access, funding, and instability, continue to shape housing issues today. These housing issues are inextricably linked to both national economic disparities and wavering social policies. Housing is symptomatic of and a catalyst for overarching social and economic issues, including racial disparities; economic, educational, and health inequalities; and poverty. It remains an unmet need for a significant portion of our population, such as the working poor, elderly people, those living with a disability, victims of abuse, those aging out of child welfare, veterans, those involved with the justice system, and others who encounter unique difficulties and lack supportive services and service coordination. Advancing comprehensive and coordinated housing policies and programs remains important for social work and to ensure decent and affordable housing for all.

Subjects

  • Macro Practice
  • Policy and Advocacy
  • Social Justice and Human Rights

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