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How do government policies affect housing affordability?

A wooden cutout of a house with four stacks of coins behind it.

Katarina Litva examines housing issues in Louisville, Kentucky

Housing affordability for low- and middle-income families has been an issue for many years, and there are links between health and secure housing. Katarina Litva, a VIU Interior Design Professor, examines the factors that contribute to housing availability and affordability, including current and past policies and practices of all three levels of government during her Arts & Humanities Colloquium lecture.

Litva examines policies and practices and how they impacted nine urban neighbourhoods and their residents in Louisville, Kentucky. Litva maps the demographic shifts in race, education and income over nine decades, from 1940 to 2017.

Watch Litva’s presentation:

Since its beginning in 2009, the Arts and Humanities Colloquium presentations have engendered conversations about ideas among members of the Arts and Humanities faculty and their communities both at VIU and in the mid-Island region. Presenters have shown how important the arts and humanities are to understanding today’s world.


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