Rural housing needs and barriers: The case of central Appalachia
The nation's housing needs are a subject of major public concern - and rightfully so. The 1970 Census revealed 2.5 million substandard houses in nonmetropolitan areas inhabited by almost 13 million people. Two earlier major government reports presented a picture of unfulfilled housing needs, and the pervasive social, economic, political and institutional obstacles to meeting these needs. Unfortunately, despite the pressing nature of substandard housing illuminated in these reports, few researchers have responded with serious analysis of the problem. Only passing attention to housing needs was given by the resident's Poverty Commission, even though the quality of housing is widely recognized as a key indicator of economic development and the quality of living.