Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Atlanta University (AU)


School of Arts and Sciences

Degree Name



Public Administration

First Advisor

Professor Keith Simmonds


Public housing, in growing urban communities like Daytona Beach, Florida is involved in a perpetual struggle for its continued existence. Public housing programs face serious problems in addition to financial difficulties. Many have acquired the reputation of being worse living environments than the slums they were supposed to replace.

Although public housing originally served the so called "working poor", it has gradually become the "housing of last resort" for America's poorest citizens. Over the years, it has become obvious that public housing has acquired a rather poor image of being a large conglomeration of low income citizens housed in large impersonal concrete structures.

The focus of the study centers on the examination of public housing, its occupants and the negative image that seems to be perpetuated within these lower income areas of cities like Daytona Beach, Florida.