Safety Is the Most Important Thing

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Safety Is the Most Important Thing

How HOPE VI Helped Families

Abstract

Fear of crime has profound implications for residents, causing stress and social isolation; relocation has brought about a dramatic positive impact on residents life circumstances. Those residents who left traditional public housingvoucher holders and unassisted renters and homeownersare now living in neighborhoods that are dramatically safer than their original public housing developments. These improvements in safety have had a profound impact on their quality of life; they can let their children play outside, they are sleeping better, and are feeling less worried and anxious overall. However, those who remain in traditional public housing developments are still living in extremely dangerous circumstances, little better than where they started.

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