Homeownership and America's financial underclass : flawed premises, broken promises, new prescriptions / Mechele Dickerson, University of Texas at Austin School of Law.
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2014.
ix, 278 pages ; 24 cm
Formatted Contents Note
1. Chasing the American dream 2. The happy homeownership narrative 3. US support for homeowners 4. The homeownership crisis 5. Homeowner harm and the blame game 6. Flawed premises 7. The burden of home buying while black or Latino 8. The benefits of home buying while black or Latino 9. Homeownership: educational disparities 10. Homeownership: income disparities 11. Outlook and prescription for the future.
"Why does America have a love affair with homeownership? For many, buying a home is no longer in their best interest and may actually harm their children's educational opportunities. This book argues that U.S. leaders need to reevaluate all housing policies and develop new ones that ensure that all Americans have greater access to affordable housing whether rented or owned. After describing homeownership's most common myths, the book shows why the financial circumstances America's financial underclass now face make it impossible for them to benefit from homeownership because they cannot afford to buy homes. The book then exposes the risks of "home buying while brown or black" by discussing U.S. policies that made it easier for whites to buy homes easily and cheaply, but harder and more costly for blacks and Latinos to do so. The book argues that remaining traces of racial discrimination and certain demographic features continue to make it harder for blacks and Latinos to receive homeownership's promised benefits"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.
KF5735 .D53 2014
9781107038684 hardback 1107038685 hardback 9781107663503 paperback 1107663504 paperback