- Subject index
Local governments in the United States are important in providing an almost endless variety of services that immediately affect our lives. And, in recent years local governments and administrators are becoming increasingly important as they try to deal effectively with drugs, AIDS, homelessness, gangs, economic decline, or even economic development. A well written examination, this important volume provides a descriptive analysis of how public administrators manage municipal government. Managing Local Government explores conceptual and empirical dimensions of public administration including the legal aspects of public management; human resource management; budgeting and public finance; the political dimension; intergovernmental relations; and ethical considerations. Within this context, the authors take up such pressing and practical issues as economic development, housing, culture and recreation, public safety, transportation, and waste disposal. Professionals and students of public administration, urban studies, policy studies, and political science will find this volume essential reading. “The American text, Managing Local Government: Public Administration in Practice is another example in the large collections of readings, modestly priced, and … covering key policy and administration issues. … The bringing together of these studies, mostly written by practitioners, is a long overdue and worthy contribution to the literature. The insights contained here could hitherto only be gleaned from professional journals. In teaching a course on municipal administration I found this book to contain important practical and theoretical insights. I can only hope that someone will be stimulated to draw together similar insights from the Canadian background.” --Trevor Price, University of Windsor
Chapter 9: Management of Public Housing
Management of Public Housing
During its SO years in the housing development, ownership, and management business, the federal government has created 1.2 million public housing units, representing less than 1.5% of the nation's housing stock. These units provide housing at below-market rates for some 1.5 million low-income people. Contrary to the conventional wisdom, most public housing nationwide is well constructed, and some of it (including New York's exemplary program) is also surprisingly well managed.1
Particularly in older cities, a number of older, densely populated, and poorly designed projects are severely troubled, and thousands of units are abandoned because no funds are available to rehabilitate them. Most public housing units are managed by large public housing authorities (PHAs) concentrated in a few cities ...