Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Defining success in low income housing: Why does it matter?
by Nutter, Katherine S., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 167; 10196538
Abstract (Summary)

The US Census Bureau reveals the number of families in poverty in the United States in 2014 was 9.5 million, at a rate of 11.6 percent. In the current economic climate, many more families are facing the possibility of eviction, foreclosure and homelessness. Low income families may be able to secure a residence through low-income housing organizations. Orange County Community Housing Corporation is an organization that offers a program in addition to long-term housing in areas such as financial literacy, education, and health. In this setting, tenants may begin to think about more future oriented prospects rather than daily/weekly survival issues. As families become more stable, their perceptions of success and how the program may help them will reveal how services can be tailored more effectively.

The purpose of this ethnographic study is to discover how participants within Orange County Community Housing Corporation define success. As tenants are involved in the program, program definitions may play a part not only in shaping tenants’ immediate goals (i.e., finding employment, returning to school), but also their overall perception of success. Tenants’ definitions of success may also contribute to how the program is shaped. This qualitative study will utilize participant-observation and semi-structured interviews with the overall aim to explore the intersection of tenant and program definitions of success and their convergence towards sustainable outcomes for tenants, which includes averting homelessness and working towards greater “self-sufficiency.”

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Quintiliani, Karen
Commitee: LeMaster, Barbara, Loewe, Ronald
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Public administration, Higher education
Keywords: Applied anthropology, Housing, Low-income
Publication Number: 10196538
ISBN: 978-1-369-35641-0
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