Consumer problems related to production and allocation of housing, especially for low-income households. Includes service-learning experience related to data collection, analysis and reporting in the context of neighborhood development.
Course Prerequisites: ECON 200 and FmResM 340
When finished with this course, the successful student will be able to (1) Understand importance of housing in US society; (2) Identify institutions and special interests involved in the production, maintenance, regulation and distribution of housing; (3) Compare and evaluate alternative solutions to housing problems; (4) Collect, interpret, and report housing data.
Course Reading Materials
- Medoff, P., & Sklar, H. (1994). Streets of Hope: The fall and rise of a Boston neighborhood. Boston: South End Press.
- The Encyclopedia of Housing. HD7287.E53 1998. EHS Library reserve.
- Solove, R. (2002). The use of oral and written history to build community identity and pride in the Weinland Park neighborhood. A Senior Honors Thesis, The Ohio State University. Packet, Neil Avenue COP-EZ.
- University District Code Enforcement: An Assessment and Recommendations for Improvement. (http://facweb.arch.ohio-state.edu/jevanscowley/crp852/crp852.htm)
- Course Grade Daily assignments
|Definitions and questions @ 5||40 points|
The course grade will be determined according to the following scale:
|A > 460 points||B > 410 points||D+ > 335points|
|A > 450 points||C+ > 385 points||D > 300 points|
|B+ > 435 points||C > 360 points||E > Less than 300 points|
|B > 425 points||C > 350 points|
Class Attendance: Attendance is a non-negotiable requirement. The course is built around weekly discussions and activities, and participation is essential. Students are expected to remain for the entire class period and to participate fully in class discussion. Any announcements, handouts, or course material are the responsibility of the student.
Assignments: Each reading assignment should be completed prior to the date assigned. Students are expected to be prepared to discuss the reading assignment in class. Written assignments should be typed. Written assignments should be turned in at the beginning of the class period. Assignments are to be submitted in class on the due date. Late assignments will not be accepted.
DATE TOPIC READINGS/ASSIGNMENTS
- Class 1 WHAT IS HOUSING? WHY AND WHEN IS HOUSING A PROBLEM?
- Overview of course - content, activities, service Description of service-learning project
- Read Medoff & Sklar, Introduction, pp. 1-6.
- Introduction to Course and Text Movie about Dudley Street Weinland Park Slides
- Class 2 HISTORY OF A NEIGHBORHOOD
- qRead Medoff & Sklar, Ch. 1, pp. 7-35.
- Scan Solove report and University District Code Enforcement Report.
- Submit written definitions of the following terms and describe specifically how the term is used in the reading (e.g., what were causes and effects of white flight in Dudley Street?) - White flight - Federal Housing Administration - Urban renewal - HUD - Unemployment rate - Redlining - Blockbusting
- Class 3 Orientation Meeting with BREAD Staff
- What is BREAD's mission? Who are BREAD members? What strategies are used to accomplish goals? What has BREAD accomplished?
- Read handout from BREAD
- Class 4 INVESTING IN A NEIGHBORHOOD: NEIGHBORHOOD RESPONSE
- Read Ch. 2 Define the term coalition and describe how the term is used in the reading--what coalitions were formed, how, with what result? Submit two questions for class discussion.
- Class 5 Meeting with BREAD Staff
- Discussion of Project (purpose, timeline, process) Discussion of content for interviews and preliminary development of questions
- Class 6 ORGANIZING A NEIGHBORHOOD
- Read Ch. 3, pp. 67-87. Write two-three paragraphs describing the concept: - Community organizing (e.g., how is community organizing accomplished, what actions were taken to organize Dudley Street? What were the results/benefits?). Provide specific examples.
- Class 7 Meeting with BREAD
- Staff Practice interview techniques Interview assignments and schedules
- Class 8 Continue development of Interview questions
- Practice interview techniques
- Class 9 Midterm Exam
- Class 10 PLANNING
- ]Read Ch. 4, pp. 89-113
- Submit written definitions of the following terms and describe how the term is used in the reading (give very specific examples from the reading, e.g., description, causes/effects): - bottom-up planning - community assets - community agencies - moratorium - comprehensive plan
- Class 11 Time allotted for interviews
- First Reflection Paper Due
- Class 12 CONTROLLING THE PLAN
- Read Ch. 5, pp. 115 -144 Submit written definitions of the following terms and write two paragraphs about how the term is used in the reading (what happened, why, with what effect?): - eminent domain - displacement
- Submit two questions for class discussion
- Class 13 Meeting with BREAD Staff
- Discuss findings from interviews
- Plan structure and content of final report
- Read all interview reports
- Class 14 FINANCING THE PLAN
- Read Ch. 6, pp. 145-167
- Submit written definitions of the following terms and describe how the term is used in the reading: - land trust - homeowners classes - Community Investment Coalition
- Class 15 Meeting with BREAD Staff
- First draft of interview reports due
- Class 16 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
- Read Ch. 7, pp. 169-201 Write 3-4 paragraphs about the concept. Community development "with people in mind," and discuss economic trends that undermine community development.
- Class 17 Meeting with BREAD Staff
- Work on Final Report
- Class 18 LESSONS IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
- Read Ch. 9, pp. 245-288 Discuss the following quote: "Community development must begin by recognizing and reinforcing resources within the community." (P. 254).
- Class 19 Class discussion and work on Final Report
- Class 20 FINAL REPORT DUE
- Class 21 Final Exam ? 3:30 p.m.
FINAL REFLECTION DUE BY JUNE 10
Service-Learning Project in FRM 611
- Service-learning is a way of teaching and learning that emphasizes active learning, reciprocity with community groups, and reflection on connections between service and learning. Active learning means that students learn and develop through active participation in organized service activities in the community. Students devote structured time in reflection or analysis of the connection between the service activity and concepts taught in the course.
- The service-learning project for this course is to collaborate with the BREAD organization to collect stories from eight to ten typical working-class and working-poor households representing a range of household (single parent; single, no children; married parents; immigrant families; and senior citizens) and employment characteristics and housing needs. The purpose of the project is (1) to gain understanding of how the difficulties they have in securing housing have affected their lives in terms of job opportunities, access to health care, access to child care, transportation, and overall quality of life; and (2) to connect housing needs with Affordable Housing Trust supply characteristics (based on financial data from interviewees in order to determine whether any of them could afford AHT housing).
- Students will work in pairs to interview families selected by the BREAD organization. Preparation for the interview process will be provided in class. Interviews will be taped and the contents transcribed in preparation for development of an interview report. Students will use the content from the interview to answer questions posed by BREAD about housing needs and to identify themes in the responses.
- After initial interview reports are completed, the class will read and analyze results of all interviews, looking for common themes and differences. Students will identify themes related to housing needs, barriers to housing, AFT supply and need. The final report (one report prepared by all students) presents case studies representing family/household types, problems encountered, and solutions as well as summaries of problems and observations about housing problems. BREAD will use this report as support for their analysis of the effectiveness of the Affordable Housing Trust Fund in addressing housing needs of the working poor.
Final Reflection Paper Write an essay on your reflection on the topics addressed and community project addressing the following questions:
- What did you learn about problems of low-income, disinvested neighborhoods ? include course reading and discussion and interactions with families and with BREAD staff.
- Outline a proposal for discussion with Weinland Park residents regarding possible collaborative projects with OSU that could contribute to Weinland Park?s capacity for planning and organizing and implementation. Your proposal should be wholistic and draw on materials provided in class as well as your discussions and observations and reading about other neighborhoods.