Article Title

Helter Shelter: The [Dis]organization of Public Housing Policy

Publication Title

Washington University Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law


Part I of this Article introduces the concept of public housing management as a critical factor in housing issues. Part II discusses public housing policy, the choices of which drive all management issues. Part III is devoted to public housing management. The discussion in Part III is grouped into two broad areas: funding and litigation. The funding issues include public housing development, modernization and operating subsidies, and represent areas in which the primary relationship is between the PHA and HUD. The litigation issues include admissions, lease provisions, grievances (including eviction), and demolition. In the litigation category, there is a large PHA-tenant interface, in addition to the relationships PHAs have with HUD. Part IV proposes public housing reform, concluding that an effective reform of public housing would require less federal oversight and greater privatization in public housing.