"The Hidden War vividly documents what it means for families and children to live in America's most distressed public housing..." -- Margery Austin Turner, director of Metropolitan Housing and Communities, The Urban Institute
From the Back Cover
Most families living in these developments are headed by African American single mothers. The authors reveal the dilemmas facing women and children who are often victims or witnesses of violent crime, and yet are dependent on the perpetrators and their drug-based economy. The CHA-plagued by financial scandals, managerial incompetence, and inconsistent funding-is no match for the gang-dominated social order. Even well-intentioned initiatives such as the recent effort to demolish and "revitalize" the worst developments seem to be ineffective at combating crime, while the drastic changes leave many vulnerable families facing an uncertain future. The Hidden War sends a humbling message to policy makers and prognosticators who claim to know the right way to "solve poverty."