Research Report Movin' Out: Crime and HUD's HOPE VI Initiative
Meagan Cahill, Samantha S. Lowry, P. Mitchell Downey
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This research evaluated the impact on crime of the closing, redevelopment, and subsequent reopening of three public housing developments in Milwaukee, Wis., and Washington, D.C., under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)'s HOPE VI initiative. We found a clear indication in all three sites that crime dropped at some point during redevelopment and we generally observed a diffusion of benefits from the redeveloped sites outward. The findings suggest that large-scale public housing redevelopment initiatives like HOPE VI can create a diffusion of benefits to nearby areas, which may also experience reductions in crime levels.
Research Areas Crime, justice, and safety Neighborhoods, cities, and metros Housing
Tags Housing vouchers and mobility Crime and justice analytics Washington, DC, research initiative Public and assisted housing
Policy Centers Justice Policy Center
Cities Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV