Public Opinion and Affordable Housing: A Review of the Literature
Journal of Planning Literature, August 2010, 25: 3-17
16 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2012
Date Written: 2010
Public support for planning programs and initiatives are an important component of its success but opposition can be a powerful impediment. When siting unwanted land uses such as affordable housing, neighborhood opposition can be a particularly effective barrier. Understanding the factors that influence opposition is a necessary precursor to successful planning initiatives. This review discusses how attitudes toward affordable housing are likely shaped by factors that influence other social policy attitudes — particularly ideology and stereotyping. The author concludes with recommendations and methods that planners can use to manage public opposition and influence attitudes toward affordable housing.
Keywords: Housing, Public Opinion, Race, Poverty
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