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HOWARD HUSOCK is a Senior Fellow in Domestic Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute and a Contributing Editor of City Journal. From 2006 to 2019 he served as Vice President, Research and Publications at the Manhattan Institute, and from 1987 to 2006 he was Director, Case Studies in Public Policy and Management at the Harvard Kennedy School at Harvard University. His work at WGBH-TV in Boston (1978-1987) won a News & Documentary Emmy Award, New England Emmy awards, and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Television. Husock is the author of America’s Trillion-Dollar Housing Policy Mistake: The Failure of American Housing Policy (Ivan R. Dee, 2003); Philanthropy Under Fire (Encounter, 2015), and Who Killed Civil Society? (Encounter, 2019). He is married to the ceramic artist Robin Henschel.
This historic narrative combines a critique of more than a century of housing reform policies, including public and other subsidized housing as well as exclusionary zoning, with the idea that simple low-cost housing—a poor side of town—helps those of modest means build financial assets and join in the local democratic process.
Billions of American tax dollars go into a vast array of programs targeting various social issues: the opioid epidemic, criminal violence, chronic unemployment, and so on. Yet the problems persist and even grow. Howard Husock argues that we have lost sight of a more powerful strategy—a preventive strategy, based on positive social norms.