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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.


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.

Dismantling the Towers: Mark Joseph in Chicago Reporter

Mar 24 2015

Mark Joseph is ChicagoReporter_Winter2015_cover_72dpifeatured in the Chicago Reporter article “Dismantling the towers” about the transformation of the public housing complex Henry Horner Homes into the mixed-income development named Westhaven Park. Joseph and his colleagues at the University of Chicago have researched Westhaven Park and similar mixed-income developments in Chicago for over 10 years. Their research has shown that tensions between public housing residents and homeowners tend to be stoked by limited interaction. These types of tensions are referred to as us vs. them dynamics. Instead of leading to exchange of resources or job opportunities these restricted “hi, bye” interactions perpetuate a sense of exclusion and isolation between higher-income and lower-income residents. Joseph says it is easier to build housing than community within mixed-income developments. Despite the challenge, building community is an essential component of the developments’ ultimate success.

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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