Housing

A derelict house in Detroit
A derelict house in Detroit.

A significant minority of African Americans and Hispanics live in run-down inner city areas. These areas are characterised by: -

  • poor housing
  • unemployment
  • poverty
  • dysfunctional families
  • crime
  • drugs

Wealthier people tend to live in the suburbs, located on the outskirts of cities. Characteristics include:

  • less poverty
  • less crime
  • better-funded schools
  • new buildings
  • clean streets

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has introduced various initiatives to tackle housing inequalities, for example:

  • rental assistance programmes
  • providing direct housing and services to millions of families across the USA

Funding has also been provided to help:

  • people with disabilities who are on low-income pay their rent
  • homelesss veterans