Social Security. Medicaid. When it comes to federal aid, you’re most likely to think of programs that aid the poorest Americans. However, the US government channels billions of dollars in invisible aid to wealthy homeowners. As President Donald Trump cuts housing programs and poor renters struggle, it’s important to consider how the current system exacerbates inequality. Find insight and empathy in a thought-provoking exploration with Pulitzer Prize–winning author and sociologist Matthew Desmond. getAbstract recommends his analysis to curious policymakers and activists.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why US housing assistance leaves poor renters to fend for themselves,
- How the mortgage-interest deduction has grown to become a “politically untouchable” program that favors rich homeowners, and
- Why the status quo needs to change –and why it hasn’t.
About the Author
Author and sociologist Matthew Desmond wrote the Pulitzer Prize–winning book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.