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American Studies

2014

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More Than Shelter: Activism And Community In San Francisco Public Housing, Amy L. Howard Jan 2014

More Than Shelter: Activism And Community In San Francisco Public Housing, Amy L. Howard

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In the popular imagination, public housing tenants are considered, at best, victims of intractable poverty and, at worst, criminals. More Than Shelter makes clear that such limited perspectives do not capture the rich reality of tenants’ active engagement in shaping public housing into communities. By looking closely at three public housing projects in San Francisco, Amy L. Howard brings to light the dramatic measures tenants have taken to create—and sustain and strengthen—communities that mattered to them.

More Than Shelter opens with the tumultuous institutional history of the San Francisco Housing Authority, from its inception during the New Deal ...