Subsidy And The Market Rate Essay

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subsidy and the market rate. Vouchers began as a market-friendly plan by Republicans to counter Democratic New Deal Public Housing programs. Republicans began proposing the vouchers in the late 1960s and by the 1990s the Democrats were fully embracing the proposal (Johnson 2016). When Chicago embarked on the Plan for Transformation they drastically reduced the number of traditional public housing units and doubled the amount of housing choice vouchers (to 38,000) (Popkin 2013, 2). The research, while slightly more robust than that of the mixed-income experiments, is still a repository of contradictory findings. Undergirding many of the arguments behind public housing reform are concerns about social inequality and spatial segregation. Social inequality, according to Gregg Olsen “refers to the unequal access people have to a wide range of material and non-material resources, supports, provisions, and opportunities that are widely viewed as valuable and desirable in society and are consequential to our lives” (Olsen 2011, 13). Residential or spatial segregation, as just one indicator of poverty and inequality, is also examined in this study. In addition, scholars studying spatial inequality contribute to the discourse by positing the idea that rather than using income to define what is equal or not, the spatial access to resources, jobs, better schools, and services should be used. Emily Skop writes in the journal Urban Geography that “where you live in the city has become…

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