International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Neighborhood Effects and Reproduction of Poverty: A Social Housing Case from Turkey

The issue of housing for the poor has long been an integral part of urban policy.Recently, Turkish Government started to implement a new social housing policy.This article aims to examine this current policy and its implementation from the perspective of spatial concentration of poverty and the ‘neighborhood effects’. It is widely accepted that the social and physical features of the neighborhood affects the life chances of those living there. This is especially more significant for the families in poverty, in terms of finding employment and seizing opportunities to move out of poverty. The findings of this research show that in Esentepe Social Housing Project, which constitute the research field, the negative effects of spatial concentration of poverty are already observable. The social and physical environment of the project appears to deepen the social exclusion that the residents of the project are already facing.

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