Written by Alexander Johnson, a former inspector of almshouses, in 1911, The Almshouse: Construction and Management is a detailed look at the successful practices of various charity institutions around the world. The book also touches on several ineffective aspects behind badly managed almshouses witnessed by the author firsthand. Topics range from proper living-quarter design to mental health and to strategies for efficient administration. Drawing upon his experiences, as well as the reports of various state boards of charity, Johnson depicts what makes a well-managed, comfortable place for poor people to live in.
ALEXANDER JOHNSON was general secretary of the National Conference of Charities and Correction.