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A policy analysis: the state of housing insecurity in Pennsylvania

Farid, Iman (2019) A policy analysis: the state of housing insecurity in Pennsylvania. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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In spite of efforts to address the root causes of the problem, housing insecurity remains a constant problem in the United States. One such effort regards affordable housing (including the area of rental assistance). The federal government in partnership with States has allocated dollars to fund programs and provide homes to individuals who are financially insecure. A common source of truth across these programs is the correlation between having a stable home and improvements in health and well-being. The perspective of public health relevance has been further supported by studies that have observed results in which if individuals are able to live in adequate housing within affluent neighborhoods, they are able to avoid succumbing to environmental toxins, acute and chronic conditions, injuries, and cognitive fragility.

Even with an abundance of Federal and State-financed housing programs, the demand for these resources far outweighs the supply. The State of Pennsylvania serves to illustrate a unique perspective as the housing market allows community-based and public organizations to address the needs of specific sub-populations. To encompass a variety of perspectives within this study, individuals both utilizing and managing housing assistance programs were interviewed. Their input outlined the importance of advocacy and community engagement in bringing awareness to the scope of housing insecurity within the Pittsburgh area.

The Making Affordable Housing Work Act of 2018, introduced by Dr. Ben Carson, has the goal of improving rental assistance programs overseen by the U.S Department of Housing and Urban. The policy not having passed or been implemented has gained an abundance of opposition from key stakeholders due to the punitive implications of changing rent structures and income reporting for constituents, as well as the addition of work requirements. These factors are hypothesized to create additional barriers for individuals already struggling to maintain basic necessities of shelter.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Farid, ImanIMF10@pitt.eduIMF10
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairRohrer, Wesleywmrun@pitt.eduwmrunUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberMaseru, Noblenam137@pitt.edunam137UNSPECIFIED
Date: 26 April 2019
Date Type: Completion
Number of Pages: 67
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2019 17:44
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2019 17:44


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