Housing Delivery Systems in the United States

This course will examine the process by which housing is produced in the United States. The course considers the primary actors in the delivery system, including consumers, developers, lenders, regulators, subsidy providers, and others. A substantial focus will be placed on the three types of developers, private for-profit companies, private non-profit organizations (including CDCs) and public agencies. The class will examine the history of each type of developer, the goals that motivate them, the parts of the housing market to which they respond, and the tools and techniques they use in their work. Attention will be given to the interaction among the various actors and changes that might improve the system.