Reframing the “Deserving” Tenant: The Abolition of a Policed Public Housing

Centuries-old economic and racial injustices have molded our federal housing
assistance. From the way we construct public housing whether it has access to high-
quality amenities or is built segregated from opportunities to the stringent policies
that dictate eligibility, the federal government dictates who deserves housing
assistance along racial and class lines. The result is the policing of housing projects
through two mechanisms. First, police forces perpetuate the criminalization of Black
and Latinx people, further fueling our carceral system.

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