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Knowledge Café: Social Housing: Lessons from the United States and Canada
Everyone needs a place to lay their head. In many large cities, rising housing costs are causing widespread affordability challenges. Many countries have tried to address housing affordability by providing subsidized housing units or financial assistance. Typically, these units are managed by a local government agency.
Because the government serves as the landlord and often carries a legacy of racist housing practices, many have questioned whether or not the government should supply housing for those who cannot afford it. Given the stark connection with class status and other forms of structured disadvantage, it is not surprising that this debate is ongoing even in the face of rising housing costs and subsequent processes of dispossession and displacement.
Within North America, the two largest government agencies that supply public housing are in New York, NY and Toronto, ON. While there is a lot of literature on public housing in New York and other large cities around the world, there is little research on Toronto. Given its status as a global city with projections of continued population growth, it is important to understand the dynamics surrounding neighbourhood change and residential stability in Toronto.
This presentation discusses the historiography of housing assistance in the U.S. and Canada, its contentious beginnings and ongoing debates. It includes recent research on housing assistance, neighbourhood change and residential mobility among housing assistance recipients and ends with recommendations that promote residential stability and housing justice for all.

Presented by: Prentiss Dantzler, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto

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Jan 12, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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