Poverty, Politics and Profit: The Housing Crisis," a new program airing Tuesday, May 9, nationwide on PBS stations, FRONTLINE and NPR investigate the crisis in affordable housing and why so few are getting the help they need.

 

 

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Program on housing crisis airs May 9

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 

More working Americans are struggling to make rent than at any time since the Great Depression. In "Poverty, Politics and Profit: The Housing Crisis," a new program airing Tuesday, May 9, nationwide on PBS stations, FRONTLINE and NPR investigate the crisis in affordable housing and why so few are getting the help they need.

The nine-month investigation took the team from Dallas to Miami, to an upscale resort in Costa Rica. NPR’s Laura Sullivan and FRONTLINE’s Rick Young (who previously collaborated on an investigation of the Superstorm Sandy relief effort, “Business of Disaster”) found just one in four households eligible for Section 8 assistance are getting it, and that the nation’s signature low-income housing construction program is costing more and producing less.

The money trail raised questions about the oversight of a program meant to aid low-income people. “Poverty, Politics and Profit” also explores the inseparability of race and housing programs in America, tracing a legacy of segregation that began more than 80 years ago.

The program is co-produced by the Investigative Reporting Workshop, with paired graduate students Kate McCormick, Jerral Floyd and Josephine Peterson alongside Young and associate producers Emma Schwartz and Fritz Kramer. It airs Tuesday, May 9, on PBS stations nationwide. 

 

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