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The National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities

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State of the Field Scan

First of its kind, our State of the Field Scan on Social Dynamics in Mixed-Income Developments features comprehensive information on thirty-one mixed-income developments in the U.S. and Canada. Click on the image for the full report.


NIMC’s Joseph Talks to Marketplace about NYC Poor Door Ban

Jul 8 2015

40 Riverside Blvd.-poor doorNew York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio has banned the development of poor doors, or separate entrances for low-income and market-rate residents in newly constructed affordable housing buildings. According to the new policy entered into law on June 25th, developers will no longer receive the tax break afforded to them for building the mixed-income development if the buildings are built with separate entrances for residents of different income levels.  The National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities has followed this issue since its inception and Director, Mark Joseph commented on the poor door issue and ban on Marketplace. He said the issue is more about the goal of affordable housing in New York City, “If the developer is going to produce those 30 units separately, but do it in a building that is as high quality, and in a thriving, revitalizing neighborhood, that’s one question.” If there is a larger goal about integration across incomes, then it is more effective to have people living in the same building.


HUD Panel: Investing in People and Places for Upward Mobility

Jun 17 2015

hudimgOn June 25th from 2pm-4pm HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research will host a dialogue exploring strategies for investing in people and in places to support upward mobility, a key challenge in mixed-income communities.  A panel of leading researchers and practitioners will discuss research, practice and policy approaches that are making an impact in the lives of residents in these communities.

Panelists include:

  • Katherine O’ Regan, Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research, Moderator
  • Mark Joseph, Associate Professor, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Director, National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities, Case Western Reserve University
  • Jens Ludwig, McCormick Foundation Professor of Social Service Administration, Law, and Public Policy, University of Chicago
  • Carol Naughton, Senior Vice President, Purpose Built Communities
  • Robin Snyderman, Principal, BRicK Partners LLC

The dialogue is guided by a body of research that “underscores the importance of place in helping promote inter-generational mobility. This is especially true for low-income families. The evidence also suggests that place matters differently based on your age. Young children, for example, achieve better long-term economic outcomes the longer they live in low-poverty neighborhoods.” Panelists will discuss these questions pertinent to HUD’s role in upward mobility:

  • What are the most effective ways to improve the outcomes for low-income families—through both of the levers HUD embraces, supporting mobility to lower poverty neighborhoods and supporting in-place neighborhood transformation?
  • What are the lessons learned from Moving to Opportunity, HOPE VI, Choice Neighborhoods and other initiatives that should shape our future work, and what are the obstacles?

Participation is welcome, follow @MixedIncome, @HUDUSERnews and @PDRevents. Event updates will be tagged  with #PDRUpdate. A recording of the presentation will be available here after June 25th.

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Mark Joseph at HUD

Mark Joseph, Director of NIMC, defines success in mixed-income development in 15 minutes at the HUD PD&R Quarterly Meeting in 2013

 Our work is funded by:

The Annie E. Casey Foundation
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Campaign for HOPESF
The American City Coalition
Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing