The Dream Revisited: Public Housing and Deconcentrating Poverty

Research & Policy | May 17th 2016

The nineteenth discussion on The Dream Revisited, Public Housing and Deconcentrating Poverty, debates how to combine the goals of deconcentrating poverty with providing accessible public housing in light of recent research about the benefits of voucher programs like Moving to Opportunity as replacements for public housing and the costs of concentrated poverty. 

Essays in the latest discussion include:

From Public Housing to Vouchers: No Easy Pathway out of Poverty

By Lawrence J Vale and Nicholas F Kelly. Lawrence is the Ford Professor of Urban Design and Planning at MIT. Nicholas is a PhD student in Urban Studies and Planning at MIT.

Effects of Moving to Opportunity: Both Statistically and Socially Significant                                                                                                                               

Nathaniel Hendren is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Harvard University and a principal investigator of the Equality of Opportunity Project.

Moving (Both People and Housing) to Opportunity

John A. Powell is Professor of Law and African American and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society.

Housing Policy is a Necessary but Insufficient Response to Concentrated Poverty

Robert J Chaskin is Professor and Deputy Dean for Strategic Initiatives at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.


The Dream Revisited is a series of thoughtful debates related to racial and economic segregation in neighborhoods. To learn about new discussions on The Dream Revisited, join the NYU Furman Center mailing list. ​Share your questions and reactions to the essays on Twitter via the hashtag #TheDreamRevisited.

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