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How It Works: Recovering Citizens in Post-Welfare Philadelphia

Robert P. Fairbanks


Of the some sixty thousand vacant properties in Philadelphia, half of them are abandoned row houses. Taken as a whole, these derelict homes symbolize the city's plight in the wake of industrial decline. But a closer look reveals a remarkable new phenomenon—street-level entrepreneurs repurposing hundreds of these empty houses as facilities for recovering addicts and alcoholics. This book is a study of this recovery house movement and its place in the new urban order wrought by welfare reform. To find out what life is like in these recovery houses, it goes inside one particular home in the Kensi ... More

Keywords: Philadelphia, row houses, industrial decline, addicts, alcoholics, recovery house movement, shelter, poverty, public welfare, local government

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226234083
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226234113.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert P. Fairbanks, author