Getting to know your neighbor Wendy C Sedlak

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Getting to know your neighbor  by  Wendy C Sedlak

Getting to know your neighbor by Wendy C Sedlak
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In 1992 Congress launched the HOPE VI (Housing Opportunities for People Everywhere) program as a means of addressing concentrated urban poverty. One of the goals of the program is to replace severely distressed public housing projects, occupiedMoreIn 1992 Congress launched the HOPE VI (Housing Opportunities for People Everywhere) program as a means of addressing concentrated urban poverty. One of the goals of the program is to replace severely distressed public housing projects, occupied exclusively by poor families, with redesigned mixed-income housing.

Mixed-income housing is the latest trend in public housing. Whether it is through dispersal strategies using vouchers or planned developments this new strategy is becoming increasingly popular. One of the primary rationales for mixed-income housing is to counteract the negative effects associated with concentrated poverty and promote upward mobility for low-income families through the creation of social networks.-A primary premise of the mixed-income approach is that neighbors will in fact interact so it is imperative in the wake of this popular model to examine what is actually taking place.

Using qualitative and quantitative methods this dissertation explores the questions of (1) are people interacting? (2) If they do interact, are there social and economic benefits related to their interactions?-I conducted semi-structured in-depth interviews with 50 residents as well as a shorter survey with 100 residents at a HOPE VI site.

Findings from this research demonstrated that neighbors did interact on some level and when they did, they frequently gained something from those interactions often in the form of some social control in the neighborhood. However, it is important to note that residents had few interactions with those of a dissimilar lifestyle, background, or life cycle and instead tended to form social relationships with neighbors more like themselves. Thus, interactions across class lines did not occur.-This study has shown that at least in the short-term there have not been dramatic effects on individual outcomes for residents living in a mixed-income neighborhood.

The neighborhood itself has improved with revitalization, the housing in the development is superior, and property values in the surrounding neighborhood have risen. It is difficult, however, for policy-makers to design housing programs that can improve individuals economic situations by accessing social capital resources in their neighborhoods.



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