In wealth's shadow, public housing offers hope
By Glenn Stevens, NCHM President
At a recent meeting of the American Academy of Housing and Communities, I was told by a member about a movie I should watch called "Class Divide." Now, I must disclose that I am something of a moviephile. My wife and I make a habit of seeing every Oscar-nominated film, so I was a little skeptical. I also must say that I am not in the habit of writing movie reviews, so please cut me some slack.
I was particularly interested in writing about the movie not only because the topic is so, well, topical, but also because NCHM is now under contract with the New York City Housing Authority to train all of its staff.
The HBO documentary was a pleasant surprise. At its core, it covers the complex issues of pubic education, immigration, employment, gentrification, and, of course, affordable housing.