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DCHA Executive Director Adrianne Todman speaks to Harvard graduate students. District of Columbia Housing Authority Executive Director Adrianne Todman last week lectured scholars at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on the importance of public housing in society. “Public Housing Did Not Fail – And the Role It Must Play in Interrupting Poverty” was the title of Todman’s lecture, which was part of the spring 2014 Malcolm Wiener Center Inequality and Social Policy Seminar Series. Todman was the only practitioner included in the spring series. “It isn’t public housing that has failed,” Todman told the students. “What failed were the housing policies and funding formulas.” The placement and composition of public housing communities also contribute to concentrations of poverty, Todman said. However, these policies and placement are not the only problem. Education, lack of low-skill, livable-wage jobs, and the...
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