NMP 607 — Poverty, Affluence, and Housing Policy
Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy
The role of this course is to provide the learner with an understanding of the role housing policy plays in American society. Specifically, the course will focus on housing and poverty alleviation strategies employed in the inner city and contrast theses with suburban and regional development policies utilized outside the city. The course will discuss why solving poverty in-place may not be an optimal strategy; will discuss the effectiveness of existing poverty reduction and community revitalization efforts; and will examine the roles that federal, state and local policies have on housing development and on housing costs, and how these policies affect the affordability of existing homes and the supply of new affordable housing units. At the completion of the course, the learner will understand how where you live effects your economic status, how land use and zoning policies affect housing; will understand the principals of smart growth development including density, transit oriented development, and green building, and how these principals impact affordability; and will understand the various programs that communities have used to address housing affordability and community stability.