Transformed Housing Major Improvements in CHA Residents' Quality of Life

Brief

Transformed Housing Major Improvements in CHA Residents' Quality of Life

CHA Families and the Plan for Transformation Series
August 11, 2010

Abstract

A main goal of the HOPE VI program was to improve public housing by replacing failed developments with healthy and safe communities that offer a better quality of life for residents. This brief explores whether the safety gains for early relocates have been sustained and whether those who moved later have benefited equally because these residents tended to be among the most vulnerable, there was good reason to think that they would not fare as well. We find that almost all former residents are now living in safer conditions and that improved safety and quality of life has been the greatest benefit of the Plan for Transformation for CHA residents.

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