This graduate course will explore issues of U.S. housing and community development policy and planning issues at the national, state, and local level in the United States. It will provide an overview of the historic and contemporary housing and community development planning and policy issues that have shaped households, neighborhoods, cities, and regions. This course will pay particular attention to the issues faced by housing practitioners and policy analysts in the struggle to insure that decent, affordable housing is available for all groups within society. This course will use the city and county of St. Louis, Missouri as a case study to examine how policy and planning shape the spatial and governance patterns of a region and the people who live in there.