The Poorhouse State: The American Way of Life on Public Assistance
In 1965, Elman worked as a research associate for the School of Social Work Research Center at Columbia University. His book, The Poorhouse State: The American Way of Life On Public Assistance evolved from those experiences where he spent two years interviewing people on relief in New York’s Lower East Side.
Manny Gelder, Slumlord is a chapter from the book.
The following is an interview by Dale Minor of Richard Elman, called "Guaranteed Annual Poverty." It is a discussion of Elman's book, "The Poorhouse State," broadcast on WBAI in 1967.