11.421 Housing and Human Services

As taught in: Spring 2005

A photo of a mother and her child.

Homeless in America, photograph by Tipper Gore. (Image courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.)




Prof. Langley Keyes

Prof. Martin Rein

Course Description

This class focuses on how the housing and human service systems interact: how networks and social capital can build between elements of the two systems. It explores ways in which the differing world views, professional perspectives, and institutional needs of the two systems play out operationally. Part I establishes the nature of the action frames of these two systems. Part II applies these insights to particular vulnerable groups: "at risk" households in transitional housing, the chronically mentally ill, and the frail elderly.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.