Ep 2: Poverty is an Industry

with Polly Spain

Polly Spain is president of her tenant association in a public housing development in New York’s Upper West Side.  Developments like Polly’s house over 400,000 low-income New Yorkers from all walks of life. Join Mel and Stef as they step into Polly’s world and learn about the mechanisms that keep urban communities poor. In Polly’s words, ‘it’s an industry’.

Relevant Facts:

[1] https://www1.nyc.gov/nyc-resources/service/2286/new-york-city-housing-authority-nycha-public-housing

[2]http://furmancenter.org/files/FurmanCenterandIESPPolicyBriefPublicHousingandPublicSchools_000.pdf

[3] https://money.cnn.com/2018/04/25/news/economy/hud-housing-assistance-rent/index.html