Sunday, November 7, 2010

Will “PETRA” Kill Public Housing?

on Building
Victor Bach, Senior Policy Analyst, The Community Service Society

Preservation, Enhancement, and Transformation of Rental Assistance,
known as “PETRA” is HUD’s new approach to public housing and represents
the greatest threat to a perspective that was put into effect in the nineteenth
and early twentieth centuries that government has a role in housing its citizenry. 
PETRA, a wolf in sheep’s clothing, is being rolled out as a plan to allegedly
address the repair and maintenance of an aging public housing stock, but in
actuality it represents the greatest challenge to the concept of housing in the
public domain and a major push on the ground towards the privatization of
public housing, or its elimination as we know it.