"The United States' postwar housing policy created the world's largest middle class. After World War II, the US government sought to provide housing for returning veterans and their families, while enabling them to build wealth through homeownership. Postwar policies spurred a decades-long construction boom and enabled millions of Americans to buy homes. But not all citizens were given this opportunity. Government policies directly subsidized white America, while denying opportunities to black people and other minorities, setting America on two divergent paths–one of imagined wealth, propped up by speculation, and the other in systematically defunded and segregated communities where "the American dream" feels out of reach."