Exploring homeowner opposition to public housing developments

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This paper examines the beliefs and attitudes of homeowners in two receiving communities of public housing units. Opposition to housing mobility programs is generally attributed to fear of falling property values and increased crime rates. Given the spatial and redistributive nature of the programs, this paper proposes and explores space and liberty-based ideologies as causes of dormant opposition persisting beyond relocation. Survey data were collected from two neighborhoods where developments containing public housing were located. Results indicate that ideologies about space and liberty are important to understanding receiving community opposition as well as the extent to which members of the receiving community feel that public housing residents are part of their community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-74
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Sociology and Social Welfare
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2010


  • Housing
  • Mobility
  • Nimby-ism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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