|The Housing Policy Revolution: Networks and Neighborhoods (Urban Institute Press) traces the shift in U.S. housing policy from the Washington-led bureaucracies of the 1960s to today’s highly collaborative, tax-supported networks of advocates, local governments, bankers, and property developers. Through historical analysis and detailed case studies, economic historian David J. Erickson reveals a system that adjusted to a changing political climate and innovated in the delivery of affordable housing.
"David Erickson's book provides a fascinating analysis of the rise of networks in the provision of affordable housing in America-how we moved from federal government provision of low-income housing to a rich tapestry of public, private, and nonprofit suppliers. Erickson documents the rise of networks and new institutions. He combines politics, history, and policy research in a rich analysis of the little-known revolution in housing policy during the past three decades."
-John M. Quigley, I. Donald Terner Distinguished Professor, University of California, Berkeley
"Today's housing crisis requires and enables policymakers to redefine the role of government in housing policy. This redefinition, David Erickson argues, is ongoing and reflects decades of trial and error. Erickson makes a compelling case that community-based networks are the foundation for a new generation of housing policy that calls for and benefits from a holistic approach to community development. Turning the clock back is not a plausible option."
-Nicolas P. Retsinas, Director, Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University
"How housing and community development policy shifted from a top-down, command and control model that emphasized direct relationships between developers and HUD to a decentralized model in which mission-driven nonprofits play a large role is a largely untold story. David Erickson successfully identifies the key legislative, regulatory, and political currents that shaped what has become today's housing and community development operating model. The case studies illuminate successes and stumbles, while the narrative fills in some important gaps in our collective narrative of housing and community development policy."
-Barry Zigas, Director of Housing Policy, Consumer Federation of America