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Alpenglow: Binghamton University Undergraduate Journal of Research and Creative Activity

Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Valerie Imbruce

Abstract

Housing is vital to the protection of individual human life and liberty, yet so many Americans find themselves housing insecure. This study examines housing insecurity in Binghamton, New York, its causes, and potential solutions through the use of interviews and participant observations. Despite the surplus of available housing and low demand, so many Binghamton residents find themselves struggling to afford their rent due to the presence of university students in the city and the profit incentives of landlords. Public housing solutions are the most effective at eliminating these particular issues under the conditions present in Binghamton’s circumstances, suggesting that the federal and local governments should focus housing policy more on providing housing directly to citizens in need rather than fostering private development.

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