Brief HOST: Helping Families, Building Communities
Chantal Hailey, Priya Saxena
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The Housing Opportunity and Services Together (HOST) Demonstration aims to strengthen public and mixed-income housing communities through intensive services for vulnerable families. Drawing on our survey of HOST participants, this brief illustrates the first two sites, a Chicago public housing development and Portland mixed-income community, and discusses challenges to HOST's community goals. HOST builds on the housing authorities substantial investments in improving the developments and Portlands high collective efficacy. However, residents express concerns about neighborhood resources, perceive major community problems with violence and social disorder, and suffer from poor mental health -factors that could stymie HOST's individual and community objectives.

Research Areas Neighborhoods, cities, and metros Children and youth Families Housing
Tags Federal housing programs and policies Economic well-being Neighborhoods and youth development Kids in context
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center