Join us in a conversation with Brian J. McCabe, Associate Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University and an affiliated faculty member in the McCourt School of Public Policy.
Public housing authorities (PHAs) serve an important role as market intermediaries between clients in the Housing Choice Voucher program and private market landlords. Drawing on interviews with officials at fifty-three PHAs, Professor McCabe shows how these state agencies ready low-income renters to meet the demands of the rental market. As they select clients and shepherd them through the lease-up process, he argues that state actors utilize performance rituals and behavioral modifications to evaluate and improve the viability of low-income renters as market actors. His analysis extends theories of poverty governance by arguing that housing assistance is conditioned on the ability of voucher clients to demonstrate competencies associated with the private market.
Moderated by Rachel Meltzer, Associate Professor of Urban Policy & Chair, MS Public and Urban Policy Program at the Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment.
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