Charles Abrams (1902 – February 1970) was a Polish-born legendary lawyer, urbanist, and housing expert who created the New York Housing Authority. He was one of the first to use, maybe the very first, to use the expression "Socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor."
In 1936, the US Supreme Court established, in New York City Housing Authority v. Muller, the Authority's right to employ the power of eminent domain for slum-clearing purposes. The decision gave a broader meaning to the term public use and represented a victory for Abrams, the Authority's first counsel.
From 1955-1959, Abrams served as head of the New York State Commission Against Discrimination, afterwards serving as president of the National Committee Against Discrimination in Housing from 1961-1965.
- Revolution in Land, Harper & Brothers, 1939; Arno Press, 1979, ISBN 9780405113161
- A housing program for America, League for Industrial Democracy, 1947
- The city is the frontier, Harper & Row, 1965
- Man's Struggle for Shelter: In an Urbanizing World, Mit Press, 1966, ISBN 9780262510011
- The language of cities; a glossary of terms, Volume 14, Viking Press, 1971
- Anna McCarthy (2003) Television, Culture, and Citizenship at the Ford Foundation Working Paper: #13 November 2003 The Cold War as Global Conflict - International Center for Advanced Studies New York University
- Michael Harrington (1962) The Other America, p.58, quote: This is yet another case of "socialism for the rich and free enterprise for the poor," as described by Charles Abrams in the housing field
- Henderson, A. Scott (2007). "Abrams, Charles". In Goldfield, David R. Encyclopedia of American Urban History. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. p. 3. ISBN 9781452265537.