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A Decent Home

Planning, Building, and Preserving Affordable Housing

By Alan Mallach

A practical step-by-step guide to developing affordable housing and a sophisticated introduction to housing policy.

Published by APA Planners Press , 2009

Format: Hardcover , 384 pp.

ISBN: 978-1-932364-59-0

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What is a decent home? Does it simply provide shelter from the elements? Is it affordable enough that you can buy the other necessities of life? Does it connect you to a community with adequate social and economic resources? Noted housing expert Mallach turns his decades of experience to these questions in A Decent Home.

Mallach's nuanced analysis of housing issues critical to communities across the country will help planners evaluate the housing situation in their own communities and formulate specific plans to address a variety of housing problems.

The book is both a practical step-by-step guide to developing affordable housing and a sophisticated introduction to housing policy. Chapters address design, site selection, project approval, financing, and the history of housing policy in the United States. Planners will find useful information about inclusionary and exclusionary zoning, affordable housing preservation, and the risks and rewards of affordable-home-ownership programs. Mallach also connects the dots among regional economic competitiveness, quality of life, community revitalization, and affordable housing.

About the Author

Alan MallachAlan Mallach, FAICP, is a nonresident senior fellow of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution and a visiting scholar of the Community Affairs Department, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Mallach is the author of Bringing Buildings Back: From Abandoned Properties to Community Assets and Inclusionary Housing Programs: Policies and Practices.

In addition to his interest in housing and neighborhoods, Mallach is also knowledgeable about music. He speaks about music, particularly Italian opera, and has written several books on the subject.

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