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Bauer, Catherine [1934]. Modern Housing. 1934. [60MB PDF, assembled from page scans available at Internet Archive].
A landmark work focusing on European social housing post-WWI, by one of the most influential housing reformers of the 20th Century.  

Bauer, Catherine [1957]. "The Dreary Deadlock of Public Housing." Architectural Forum, May 1957. (republished, with essay by Barbara Penner, in Places Journal, October 2018.

Ben-Joseph, Eran. "Workers' Paradise: The Forgotten Communities of World War I."  Online research project, MIT School of Architecture+ Planning.

Bonnewit, Natalie. “Affordable Housing in Amsterdam and Copenhagen: Lessons for the San Francisco Bay Area.” German Marshall Fund of the United States, 8 December 2017.

Boughton, John. Municipal Dreams: The Rise and Fall of Council Housing. 2018.

Boughton, John. "Workers' housing, 1776, in Cromford Village, courtesy of Richard Arkwright and up the hill its 20th century democratic equivalent." Tweet Mar 3, 2019.  

Calavita, Nico, and Alan Mallach (Eds). Inclusionary Housing in International Perspective: Affordable Housing, Social Inclusion, and Land Value Recapture. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, July 2010.
Table of Contents, Forward, Preface, Ch. 1.  

Carter, Leighton. "The Slum of All Fears: Dickens's Concern with Urban Poverty and Sanitation." article in Brown University's, 2007.

Comptroller General of the United States. "Section 236 Rental Housing -- An Evaluation With Lessons For The Future." PAD-78-13 JANUARY 10, 1978.

"This report presents a comprehensive evaluation of the section 236 program; compares section 236 to many other Federal programs; and discusses investment incentives, program equity, subsidized tenants and program impact. The 236 program has succeded in providing nearly half a million housing units to an income group which is now largely excluded from housing assistance. It contains recommendations to the Congress and the Department of Housing and Urban Development which would assure that moderate income households receive a reasonable share of future housing assistance."

Congressional Research Service. "Overview of Federal Housing Assistance Programs and Policy." July 22, 2008 – March 27, 2019.

Conrad, Joseph. (1912) "A Friendly Place/" Notes on Life and Letters, 1912, p. 203. cited in [Survey of London, 2019].

Curl, James S. (1983). The life and work of Henry Roberts, 1803-1876: the evangelical conscience and the campaign for model housing and healthy nations. Chichester: Phillimore, 1983.

Dockerill, Bertie (2015). "From St Martin's Cottages to Juvenal Dwellings: Liverpool's pioneering role in the provision of public housing." Liverpool History Journal 14 (2015).

Dockerill, Bertie. (2016). "Liverpool Corporation and the origins of municipal social housing, 1842–1890." Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, 165, 39–56. doi:10.3828/transactions.165.5.

"This article addresses the improvements made to the housing and sanitation conditions of Liverpool’s working-class poor through a series of municipal initiatives between 1842 and 1890. In the vanguard of municipal social responsibility initiatives nationally, the Corporation of Liverpool rejected prevailing laissez-faire attitudes, setting a benchmark for sanitary improvements before clearing slums in order to construct the country’s first purpose-built council housing. With regard to the latter, the Corporation initially sought to stress its role as being one of educating the private sector as to what might be achieved, rather than becoming a long-term provider of social housing. In the twenty years after 1866, that which had been conceived as a model became a stated policy objective. While laudable in intent, the existing framework of limited local governance meant that only the smallest percentage of working-class residents was directly aided. As the article concludes, further progress was only made once the issue of housing provision was allied to that of rentable values charged. This was a policy development dependent upon national legislative changes and thus one upon which Liverpool Corporation could not act alone."

Douglas, Paul. The Coming of a New Party. (1932).  [version with images viewable online; text-only version downloadable as PDF].

Flandro et al (2008). "Progressive Housing in New York City: A Closer Look at Model Tenements and Finnish Cooperatives."
(Xsusha Carlyann Flandro, Christine Huh, Negin Maleki, Mariana Sarango-Manaças, & Jennifer Schork; for Historical Preservation Graduate Studio II, Columbia University, Spring 2008).  

Ford, James. Slums and Housing - With Special Reference to New York City - History, Conditions, Policy. Harvard University Press, 1936

Gill, Stephen. "Notes" to Oxford University Press edition of The Nether World by George Gissing. 1992.  

Gissing, George (1889). The Nether World. description of Farringdon Road Buildings, London:  vol. 3, p.58.

Government Accountability Office, United States (GAO). "Section 236 Rental Housing: An Assessment of HUD's Comments on GAO's Evaluations." PAD-78-62, Apr 20, 1978.

Gowan, Peter, and Ryan Cooper. "A Plan to Solve the Housing Crisis Through Social Housing." People's Policy Project, April 5, 2018.

Gray, Christopher. "Streetscapes/Public Housing; In the Beginning, New York Created First Houses." The New York Times, 24 September 1995.

Gray, Christoper. "Architectural Wealth, Built for the Poor."  New York Times. 10 Oct, 2008.
[on the Tower Buildings, in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, 1879 -- considered the 1st US model tenement].

Haines, Gary. “Boundary of Old Nichol’s Vice, Filth & Death.”  The Docklands & East London Advertiser, 24 July 2008

Harloe. The People's Home?: Social Rented Housing in Europe and America. 1995.

Hoffman, Alexander von [1998]. "The Origins of American Housing Reform." Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies, publication W98-2, August 1998.

Hogarty, Dave. "Warren Mews Cottage For Workingman With $1.375 Million."  Curbed NY, Feb 15, 2012.

Ingalls, Julia. "Touring some of the world's most attractive public housing projects." Archinect. August 9, 2016.

Karakusevic, Paul, and Abigail Batchelor. (2017). Social Housing: Definitions and Design Exemplars. RIBA Publishing, 2017.

Kay, James Phillips (1832). The moral and physical condition of the working classes employed in the cotton manufacture in Manchester.

Kemeny, Jim. From Public Housing to Social Market. (1995).

Lubarsky, Zack. "#SocialHousing." Blog post, 23 April 2018.
"What if the city instead buys apartment buildings on the open market, and rent them out to pay back the municipal bonds?" brief financial analysis using Seattle.

Mallach, Alan. "Using the Wrong Tools to Build Affordable Housing." Shelterforce, 1 March 2016.

"Now, when French developers build subdivisions or condo projects, nonprofit housing corporations enter into turnkey contracts with the developer to buy blocs of apartments or houses, up to a maximum of 50 percent, of the units in the development. Based on those contracts, the nonprofits apply for a package of government loans, grants, and tax breaks so they can both buy the units and make sure they remain affordable. When the projects are completed, the nonprofit buys the units and operates them as affordable rental housing."

Mayhew, Henry. London Labour and the London Poor. (periodical publication in 1840s; collected for book publication in 1851).

Moore, Rowan. "The story of Lewisham’s radical self-builders." The Guardian, 'Sun 16 Jul 2017.

Morrison, Arthur. A Child of the Jago (1896).  Wikipedia.

Mumford, Lewis [1938]. The Culture of Cities.

OECD - Social Policy Division. "Social Rental Housing Stock." Last updated on 06/03/2017.
Compares social rental housing stock across all OECD nations.

Plunz, Richard (2016). A History of Housing in New York City.

Pooley, C. (2006). "Living in Liverpool". In J. Belchem (Ed.), Liverpool 800 : Character, Culture, History. (pp. 171-255). Liverpool University Press.

Radford, Gail. Modern Housing for America: Policy Struggles in the New Deal Era (1996).

Roberts, Henry. (1850, 1855, 1867). The dwellings of the labouring classes, their arrangement and construction: with the essentials of a healthy dwelling. London: Society for Improving the Condition of the Labouring Classes. 1855 2nd edition: 1867 revised and augmented edition:

Royal Commission on the Housing of the Working Classes, 1884-5 - Report.

Stoughton, John. "Municipal Housing in Liverpool before 1914: the ‘first council houses in Europe’". Municipal Dreams blog, 8 Oct 2013.

Survey of London. "Farringdon Road." Survey of London: Volume 46, South and East Clerkenwell. Ed. Philip Temple. London: London County Council, 2008. 358-384. British History Online. Web. 17 May 2020.

Survey of London. "Wombat’s City Hostel, formerly the Sailors’ Home." Survey of London, 19 April 2019.

Survey of London. "The History of the Survey of London." accessed 17 April, 2020.

Tarn, John Nelson. Five Per Cent Philanthropy: An Account of Housing in Urban Areas Between 1840 and 1914. Cambridge University Press, 1973.

Thaden, Emily and Ruoniu Wang1. (2017) "Inclusionary Housing in the United States: Prevalence, Impact, and Practices." Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, September 2017.
1 both of Grounded Solutions Network.

Trauss, Sonja [2018]. "Socialism is here, if you want it." Tweet, Mar 5, 2018, 4:55pm.  (referencing [Trauss 2018b] below).  

Trauss, Sonja [2018b]. Description of mixed-income social housing on San Francisco public land. Tweet, Mar 5, 2018.

Trauss, Sonja. (@LocalPolitics on Medium). "DeCommodified Housing plan." Medium, Jul 9 2019.  

UK House of Commons. short history of over a century of social housing from the House of Commons Library.

Vale, Lawrence J.. From the Puritans to the Projects: Public Housing and Public Neighbors. (Harvard University Press, 2007).

White, Alfred Tredway. Improved Dwellings for the Working Classes: The need, and the way to meet it on strict commercial principles. (1877, revised 1879).
Better Homes for Workingmen (1885).
Riverside Buildings (1890).
all of above available at Internet Archive

Whitman, Walt. "Wicked Architecture" (Life Illustrated, July 19,1856) - mainly about dwelling-houses. Part II from a series, "New York Dissected". This was unsigned, but has been attributed to Whitman by scholars. On Image 5 of the scanned page images listed.  

Wikipedia. "First Houses."

Wohl, Anthony S. (1977). The Eternal Slum: Housing and Social Policy in Victorian London. Originally published in 1977 by Edward Arnold (Publishers) Ltd; Published 2002 by Transaction Publishers; Published 2017 by Routledge.