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Is public housing the solution to housing low-income people?

This study focuses on the development of public housing as a governmental response to the shelter needs of low-income people. We see the evolutionary process of the organization framework of this study from the national government's attention in the late 1800s up through the legislative changes, nationally and locally, that make such developments a reality. The provision of public housing as an affordable shelter for low-income people is seen as more than a federally-funded mechanism. It is viewed as a viable solution to the unwillingness and incapability of the private sector to meet the housing needs of the poor, the handicapped, disabled and elderly. They are the sub-groups of our society who encounter subtle discrimination, particularly as inflation and low-vacancy rates relegate the lower end of the economic scale people to deteriorating neighborhoods and housing stock. The City of Thousand Oaks case study is a demonstration of the federally-funded mechanism coupled with the California's state constitutional amendment to allow a locality to repond to the unmet needs of families who lack the financial resources for decent shelter. The Thousand Oaks housing development depicts a community's realization of its commitment to provide decent shelter for its residents who otherwise can not.

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