HOPE VI: the Transition from Blight to Alright

Eitches, Eliana Rae

Whereas HOPE VI is intended to be a program to ease the burden for low- and very-low income persons, opponents argue that it consequently “reduces housing for poor people while creating more housing for wealthier people.” Thus, it is contended that HOPE VI’s impact on the poor, a predominately minority class, is as detrimental to the racist policies of Urban Renewal. Other critics maintain that HOPE VI mixed-income developments, because of their abundant amenities targeted at increasing its attractiveness to those above the lowest income echelon, will not reduce the per-unit subsidy of low-income units.


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June 20, 2013