11.421 Housing and Human Services

Spring 2005

Homeless in America, photograph by Tipper Gore. (Image courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.)

Course Highlights

This course features an outline of the framework of the class in the lecture notes section, and a description of the term project in the assignments section.

Course Description

This class focuses on how the housing and human service systems interact: how networks and social capital can build between elements of the two systems. It explores ways in which the differing world views, professional perspectives, and institutional needs of the two systems play out operationally. Part I establishes the nature of the action frames of these two systems. Part II applies these insights to particular vulnerable groups: "at risk" households in transitional housing, the chronically mentally ill, and the frail elderly.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Langley Keyes
Prof. Martin Rein

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
2 hours / session