Breaking the Rules: Bureaucracy and Reform in Public Housing by Jon Pynoos

By Jon Pynoos

This is a examine of the way a forms allocates a commodity or a provider­ consequently, public housing. within the broadest experience, it seeks to appreciate how bureaucrats attempt to unravel frequently conflicting pursuits of regulatory justice: fairness (treating like instances alike at the foundation of principles) and respon­ siveness (making exceptions for folks whose wishes require that principles be stretched). It analyzes the level to which such components as bureaucratic norms, the duty orientation of staff, third-party strain, and out of doors intervention impact employees participants' use of discretion. a few of the principles into consideration have been meant by means of federal officers to accomplish such programmatic goals as racial desegregation and housing for the neediest; during this regard, the research can also be an exam of federal-local relationships. eventually, the research examines how using discretion adjustments over the years as an agency's project shifts and reforms are tried. This booklet is directed on the viewers of directors of courses who provide prone to the general public and fight with tips on how to allocate them. The ebook can also be meant for these focused on housing coverage, partic­ ularly the tricky difficulties of whom to deal with. ultimately, it truly is was hoping that scholars of public administration, social welfare, executive, and concrete making plans, who're attracted to how public coverage is run via a forms, will locate the booklet insightful. The case selected for examine is the Boston Housing Authority.

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31. The Emergence of Rules 25 platform, their voices became much more subdued. They had achieved a degree of integration, but not nearly their goal of 25 percent minority tenancy in previously all white projects. " While the reformers had not achieved their integration objectives, the chief of the Department of Tenant and Community Relations nevertheless felt that they had made progress in some other areas: With continued resistance form the Board and only a partial thaw in relationships with management, the progress was not spectacular, but certain inroads were made with the tenant selection process, some of the most notorious staff were identified and isolated, some new points of view were brought to bear on old problems of development.

He therefore attempted to integrate public housing. One might still have expected Weaver's objectives to be diluted in the guideline development stage of policy formulation. However, Weaver successfully avoided co-optation. Contrary to tradition, Weaver's staff developed both the initial concept and the guidelines of their program independent of the usual interest groups. They did not accommodate the desires of the local housing authorities or the PHA to water down the guidelines. Upper-echelon HUD officials viewed local housing authorities, especially in the South, as racist institutions.

Drug addiction, child abuse, breaking or entering, assault and battery, prostitution) within the last two years; illegitimacy of more than one child the youngest of whom is less than two years old; a poor rentpaying record; property destruction; or harassment of neighbors while previously a BRA tenant. Under the revised rules, the staff of the old Tenant Selection Department weeded out unacceptable applicants and forwarded their case folders to the staff of the new Department of Tenant and Community Relations for further evaluation.

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