Cleveland Effective Neighboring Project

Jun 28 2017

The Cleveland Effective Neighboring Project aims to develop and test strategies to promote “effective neighboring” at the block level in Cleveland neighborhoods.

The project is led by the Mandel School’s National Initiative on Mixed Income Communities, in partnership with the following local organizations: Neighborhood Connections, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, and the Center for population Dynamics at Cleveland State University.

Associate Professor Mark Joseph, PhD (left), Founding Director of NIMC, and Assistant Professor Mark Chupp, PhD (right), Founding Director of the Community Innovation Network, are the lead researchers on the project. They define”effective neighboring” as the process through which neighbors from diverse social, economic and cultural backgrounds establish a level of familiarity and shared expectations that enable them to live comfortable together. Out of over fifty diverse blocks throughout Cleveland that were considered, three have been selected to participate as case studies. Deploying the principles of Participatory Action Research, the research team will work collaboratively with block residents to co-design, implement and assess an effective neighboring strategy in each selected block. Ultimately, this project hopes to refine a model for bridging among diverse neighbors and promoting social inclusion in Cleveland neighborhoods and beyond to other cities.

Learn more about the Cleveland Effective Neighboring Project in this research colloquium presented by the project team on March 24, 2017:

Joseph Awarded Best Book in Urban Affairs Honorable Mention

May 11 2017

Mark Joseph, PhD, Associate Professor and founding director of the National Initiative on Mixed Income Communities, is the 2017 recipient of the Best Book in Urban Affairs Honorable Mention Award presented by the Urban Affairs Association (UAA) for Integrating the Inner City: The Promise and Perils of Mixed-Income Public Housing Transformation, which he co-authored with Robert Chaskin, PhD from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.

“The book clearly lays out the theories motivating mixed-income housing developments, such as the growth of social capital for relocated public housing residents. Years of in-depth empirical evidence, however, show the limited evidence of such theories,” assessed the UAA Awards Committee. “Joseph and Chaskin reveal crucial blind spots in these theories, namely the day-to- day interactions between the different income groups shape the success of mixed income housing. Tensions between residents’ expectations of appropriate public and private behavior undermine the very goals of the developments, as the different income groups avoid each other to minimize uncomfortable interactions. This finding has both scholarly and policy implications for the future viability of such projects. The easily accessible writing style will make Chaskin and Joseph’s work available to a wide range of audiences.”

The award was presented at the UAA’s 47th Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on April 19-22, 2017. UAA is the international professional association for urban scholars, researchers and public service professionals.

“Cleveland Effective Neighboring Project” Research Colloquium Featuring Drs. Mark Joseph and Mark Chupp on March 24

Mar 3 2017

Friday, March 24, 2017

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

All are invited to Cleveland Effective Neighboring Project, a FREE research colloquium at 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. EST on Friday, March 24, 2017, in room #108 of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Community Studies Center at 11402 Bellflower Road on the campus of Case Western Reserve University. Lunch will be provided.

Presented by the Mandel School’s Office of Research Administration and the Doctoral Program, 2016-2017 Research & Training Colloquia are part of the Centennial Speaker Series and are “Featuring Our Own,” spotlighting the Mandel School’s own groundbreaking research.



“Effective neighboring” is the process of neighbors from diverse social, economic and cultural backgrounds, establishing a level of familiarity and shared expectations that enable them to live comfortably together. The goal of this project is to learn from existing examples of effective neighboring in Cleveland and determine how to promote and sustain it in more areas of our city and other cities.


Mark Joseph, PhD, Associate Professor; Director, National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities

Mark Chupp, PhD, Assistant Professor; Director, International Education Program


Free and open to all. 1.5 social work CEUs are available for in-person attendees ($10 for CWRU alumni; $25 for non-alumni). To attend online via livestream, click the livestream option when RSVPing and you will be provided a link as the event date approaches. No CEUs are available for livestream attendees.


Mandel School students receive 1.5 PD hours for attending (online and intensive weekend students who watch via livestream can receive 1.5 PD hours by submitting a brief summary to their field advisor). On-campus students can also visit with the speakers immediately following the colloquium.

For more details about this and other Mandel School Centennial Speaker Series events, visit

Questions? Please email or call 216.368.2270

NIMC Completes Community Assessment in Ferguson, Missouri

Jan 6 2017

The National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities completed a community assessment in Ferguson, Missouri, focusing on the residents who live in the isolated southeast corner of the city where Michael Brown was killed in August 2014.

Through interviewing residents and community and institutional stakeholders, the community assessment aimed to better help understand the current context for the individuals and families living in the target area. In addition to exploring what life in this area of Ferguson is like for individuals, families, and youth, this community assessment also inquired about the future of the community and the idea of promoting a mixed-income transformation of the properties.

NIMC has continued to work with partners in southeast Ferguson on a second phase of the assessment. A group of resident leaders has been galvanized to expand the assessment and share findings with city leadership and other relevant stakeholders, with the goal of creating an inclusive transformation process that addresses the southeast Ferguson community’s needs.

For more information about the Southeast Ferguson Community Assessment, contact Project Coordinator Emily Miller, MSSA, at

NIMC Issues Comprehensive Report on HOPE VI

Jan 5 2017

The most comprehensive compilation and analysis of the federal housing program HOPE VI has been completed by the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities (NIMC).

The overarching research question of this study, which covers the period from 1993 to 2014, is: What is the income and tenure mix of housing units that have been produced through the HOPE VI program? Income and tenure mix data provide insight into the nature of the mixed-income developments produced with HOPE IV funding. Results of the data analysis also shed the light on the potential impact mixed-income development had on residents and communities. Authors of the report are Taryn Gress, MSSA, Project Manager of NIMC; Seungjong Cho, PhD Candidate; and Mark Joseph, PhD, Director of NIMC and Associate Professor.  Read the report >