Brief An Equitable Strategy for Public Housing Redevelopment
Learning from Past Initiatives
Susan J. Popkin, Diane K. Levy, Mica O'Brien, Abby Boshart
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Repairing the aging, deteriorating public housing stock is a major challenge facing the Biden administration. We draw on three decades of research to highlight shortcomings in past public housing redevelopment programs such as HOPE VI and Choice Neighborhoods, including the loss of critically needed units and a lack of meaningful resident engagement in planning for redevelopment, relocation, and services. But future public housing redevelopment efforts can go beyond the mixed-income approach of past and ongoing initiatives and promote racial equity. We call for repealing the Faircloth Amendment to allow increased production of public housing units, strengthening existing place-based strategies, meaningfully engaging residents in all aspects of the redevelopment process, and raising public housing funding to a level that will preserve and expand this vital resource for affordable housing.

Research Areas Wealth and financial well-being Neighborhoods, cities, and metros Children and youth Families Social safety net Race and equity Housing
Tags Federal housing programs and policies Poverty Economic well-being Infrastructure Federal urban policies Racial segregation Families with low incomes Housing affordability Wealth inequality Housing subsidies Inequality and mobility Neighborhoods and youth development Racial barriers to accessing the safety net Racial barriers to housing Racial inequities in neighborhoods and community development
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center