Resident perceptions of housing, neighborhood, and economic conditions after relocation from public housing undergoing HOPE VI redevelopment

  • Brooks F
  • Zugazaga C
  • Wolk J
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Abstract

This study evaluates participant perception of neighborhood, economic, and housing well-being of resi- dents 4 and 5 years after forced relocation from a public housing complex in Atlanta, Georgia. Method: The study used a mixed-method, posttest-only design with two data points.Focus groups with 93 participants combined qualita- tive, open-ended questions with quantitative measures. Results: Four years after relocation, residents living in homes/apartments found with Section 8 housing voucherswere faring better than residentswhomoved to other public housing projects.Amajority of voucher users believed their house, neighborhood, and overall global living situation had improved since relocation. In the year between the first and second wave of focus groups, 40% of voucher users had moved to a newhouse/apartment.Moving was associated with residents perceiving their situations improving in many categories. Implications: Our findings suggest HOPE VI developments are more likely to accomplish their objectives if the current administration continues full funding of the voucher program rather than implements the cutbacks it is currently proposing. Keywords:

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  • Affordable housing
  • HOPE VI
  • Housing vouchers
  • Public housing
  • Section 8 Housing

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Authors

  • Fred Brooks

  • Carole Zugazaga

  • James Wolk

  • Mary Anne Adams

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