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by Alan Mallach

What is a decent home? Does it simply provide shelter from the elements? Is it affordable enough that you can buy the other necessities of life? Does it connect you to a community with adequate social and economic resources? Noted housing expert Mallach turns his decades of experience to these questions in this book

The authornuanced analysis of housing issues critical to communities across the country will help planners evaluate the housing situation in their own communities and formulate specific plans to address a variety of housing problems. The book is both a practical step-by-step guide to developing affordable housing and a sophisticated introduction to housing policy. Chapters address design, site selection, project approval, financing, and the history of housing policy in the United States. Planners will find useful information about inclusionary and exclusionary zoning, affordable housing preservation, and the risks and rewards of affordable-home-ownership programs.The authoralso connects the dots among regional economic competitiveness, quality of life, community revitalization, and affordable housing.

Download A Decent Home: Planning, Building, and Preserving Affordable Housing epub
ISBN: 1932364587
ISBN13: 978-1932364583
Category: Other
Subcategory: Social Sciences
Author: Alan Mallach
Language: English
Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (April 3, 2009)
Pages: 384 pages
ePUB size: 1917 kb
FB2 size: 1661 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 480
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This book was assigned for a class in a community development graduate program. It was probably the most enjoyable text I've read in the program. Mallach writes in a very engaging style. Although he does appear to some (understandable) political leanings when it comes to housing policy, he does a fair job at presenting other arguments or positions before opposing them, which is what any good writer should do. If you're looking for a text that is both informative yet easy to read, this might be it. If you're open-minded to housing and housing policy issues, you should enjoy this and benefit from it. If you believe the "invisible hand" guides all markets enough that government has no role in assisting in supply or demand, this book may help provide insight to another view (or it will just irritate you).
Still In Mind
This will be a short review, purposefully, because my review title says it all:

1. Comprehensive: This review covers all the areas of affordable housing which should be covered: history of affordable housing in our country, financing, inclusionary housing, challenges, and current trends.

2. Balanced: Much of the current writing on affordable housing is strongly biased. I was impressed with Mallach's ability to approach this topic with a real sense of balance. He acknowledged the respective roles which the private, social and public sectors can play in addressing the affordable housing challenges in our country.

If you are looking for a book which is going to give you a full picture of the how, why, what and where of affordable housing. Ignore the ugly cover; it's a great book!