ERIC Number: ED319846
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Metropolitan Housing Opportunities for Poor and Working Class Minorities.
Turner, Margery Austin; Page, Douglas B.
This paper presents the results of an exploratory analysis of suburban housing opportunities for working class minorities, using data for the nation as a whole and for five metropolitan areas. Chapter 1 is an introduction and summary of the paper. Chapter 2, "Dimensions of the Problem," covers the following topics: (1) household incomes and housing location; (2) housing expenditures and affordability; and (3) suburban housing opportunities. Chapter 3 "Addressing the Problem," covers housing policy matrix and designing a metropolitan strategy. Section 4, "Keys to Understanding the Problem Better," covers the following topics: (1) availability of affordable housing; (2) location of affordable housing; (3) minority access to affordable housing; and (4) summary. This analysis demonstrates that serious problems of excessive cost and lingering discrimination discourage poor and working class minorities from gaining access to affordable housing opportunities in the suburbs. Moreover, these problems appear to prevail in most U.S. metropolitan areas. However, the composition and causes of these problems vary substantially from one metropolitan area to another. Thus, solutions must be tailored to the metropolitan context, and must be supported by thorough analyses of local patterns of housing affordability and availability. Seven tables, six figures, and one matrix are presented. A list of 10 references is included. Operational definitions of income classes and affordability standards are appended. (JS)
Descriptors: Blue Collar Occupations, Costs, Economic Factors, Employment Opportunities, Housing Needs, Labor Needs, Minority Groups, Population Distribution, Suburban Housing, Suburbs, Trend Analysis, Urban Areas, Urban to Suburban Migration
The Urban Institute, 2100 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.