The time is ALWAYS right for change!

While enjoying dinner last night with colleagues from Pittsburgh, our conversation turned to the topic of public housing. We shared the history of public housing, attempts to remake it over the last two decades with innovative programs like HOPE IV, and discussed how it is not about public, affordable, subsidized housing – it is about safe, decent, quality housing for everyone . . . the elderly, empty nesters, young professionals, young families, blended families, and so on. It is not about the income of a family that should dictate their housing options, it is about their needs to have a yard, one-floor living, access to public transportation and quality education, proximity to grocery stores which sell great food for fair prices, and yes, cool and efficient designs.

With public housing policy and programs in shambles and the housing market bottoming out, the time is right to change our country’s housing policy. Leaders everywhere can play a role in this process!

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4 Responses to “The time is ALWAYS right for change!”

  1. links for 2008-03-05 | The BFD on Brewed Fresh Daily Says:

    […] The time is ALWAYS right for change! « Patti Choby “With public housing policy and programs in shambles and the housing market bottoming out, the time is right to change our country’s housing policy.” (tags: forclosures leadership) […]

  2. derek arnold Says:

    Public housing, like public transit, has been relegated to something that poor people have in this country. We need more community minded development patterns, not houses built wherever a developer thinks they can make a fast buck. Some of these older houses with a few tweaks can be restored to their old glory.

    You are right, we do need to change how we think about housing here.

    -Derek

  3. Michael DeAloia Says:

    Patty:
    I would like to chat about new and progressive forms of public housing. E-mail me sometime.

    MCD

  4. Glenn Says:

    A disaster is a terrible thing to waste!

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