Housing Policy

Winter 2015 quarter

Taught by

political economy, community development and planning

This course explores the historical evolution of federal, state and local housing policy. Drawing from this rich history, which is deeply intertwined with the evolution of the American welfare state, students will learn about how analytical and political frameworks are used to create, evaluate and shape programs, projects and services. We will examine the continuum of subsidies and programs that are provided to everyone from high income earners and investors to people who are chronically homeless.We will examine how specific programs, such as Washington State’s Housing Trust Fund, were established and how they have served to create affordable housing. We will compare and contrast how different housing policies are used to provide shelter, stimulate the economy, protect the environment and support sustainable growth. The course is intended for MPA students. If space is available, upper division undergraduates may participate upon approval of the instructor.

Program Details

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Evening and Weekend

Advertised schedule: Feb 6-8, 20-22, 6-10p Fri, 9a-5p Sat/Sun


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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning: Access to web-based tools required, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Registration Information

Credits: 4 (Winter)

Class standing: Graduate

Maximum enrollment: 15


Course Reference Number

(4 GR credits): 20288

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