NIMC Receives $1.8 Million in Funding

Sep 22 2017

Congratulations to Mark Joseph and the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities on their $1.8 million in new funding!

Mixed-income housing communities were supposed to remedy the severe decline in the quality of public housing in the latter part of the 20th century, where families living in poverty were rarely—if ever—able to escape their dire economic situations.

But a body of research by Mark Joseph, Leona Bevis and Marguerite Haynam Associate Professor of Community Development at Case Western Reserve University’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, found that building communities that offer a mix of market-rate renters, homeowners and public-housing residents has fallen short of its promise as an anti-poverty strategy. Joseph is co-author of Integrating the Inner City: The Promise and Perils of Mixed-Income Public Housing Transformation (University of Chicago Press 2015), which recently won honorable mention for Book of the Year from the Urban Affairs Association.

Now, with $1.8 million in new funding, Joseph, also founding director of the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities (NIMC) at the Mandel School, and his colleagues are leading an effort to learn how mixed-income development might more effectively promote social equity and inclusion—as initially intended.

  • A $500,000 grant from the Ford Foundation is helping fund NIMC’s operations and launch the Mixed-Income Innovation and Action Network, an outgrowth of NIMC’s Mixed-Income Strategic Alliance with Urban Strategies Inc. in St. Louis and the Center for the Study of Social Policy in Washington, D.C.

Salin Geevarghese, former deputy assistant secretary for the Office of International and Philanthropic Innovation at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, was appointed the Network’s founding director. A $50,000 contract from the Michigan-based Kresge Foundation allows the Alliance to profile exemplary mixed-income initiatives.

In addition, a recent $300,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will support a focus on the health implications of mixed-income communities. And the Kresge Foundation has just approved a $450,000 grant to support both the launch of the new mixed-income Network and the publication of an edited volume on mixed-income, mixed-use development in partnership with the Urban Land Institute and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

“We are forming what I call a ‘mixed-income enterprise,’ with two major new national partnerships beyond our center,” said Joseph, also a faculty associate at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development.

  • Earlier this year, NIMC received a $500,000 contract with the Deputy Mayor’s Office for Planning and Economic Development in Washington, D.C.—an award that could total up to $2.5 million over four additional option years. The contract funds consultation with the city’s New Communities Initiative (NCI), a mixed-income transformation effort to redevelop four public-housing complexes. 

NIMC will help design and execute a community-building approach and support initiative communications in partnership with Trusted Space Partners, a North Carolina-based national leader in community-building and transformation, and Ghost Note Agency, a communications company based in Washington, D.C.

“We are at a moment of trying to squeeze out maximum impact of mixed-income communities. These grants will allow us to build the partnerships and the outreach to do that,” Joseph said.

NIMC was founded at the Mandel School in 2012 to help reduce urban poverty and promote successful mixed-income communities by facilitating high-quality research and making information and evidence available to policymakers and practitioners. Joseph’s research has long focused on mixed-income development as a strategy for addressing urban poverty, with particular attention to transforming public-housing developments. 

Mixed-income communities were created in response to social isolation and economic and public-sector disinvestment found in most urban areas with high poverty rates. The objective: to attract residents with higher incomes while maintaining affordable and public housing for lower-income residents. Ideally, Joseph has explained, the mix of residents and housing types would provide social networks that extend beyond the neighborhood and lead to employment opportunities and high-quality amenities and public services.

“This new funding will allow us to broaden the scope of our research, touch more places and drill down more deeply into innovative solutions,” he said. “It also will allow us to influence policy change: shaping the terms of a development agreement, building an effective partnership with private developers, deciding how a local school could be engaged in a development. This allows us to have a better foothold in influencing policy and practice.”

What Does Segregation Cost Us? What Can We Do About It? – 1 PD Hour

Sep 22 2017

Open to the entire campus community, Dr. Amy T. Khare, PhD, MSW and research affiliate for the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities at the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, will present her latest paper Fair Housing and Inclusive Communities, part of The Grand Challenges for Social Work.

What is the cost of racial and economic segregation? How is segregation in cities, such as Cleveland, changing over time? What approaches can be taken to address both concentrated poverty in communities of color and concentrated affluence in predominately white communities? How can social workers organize to advance inclusion and equity across different communities?

Khare will share her finding from her latest Cost of Segregation research, conducted with the Urban Institute, that quantifies the economic cost of racial and economic segregation. She will, also,  preview a set of policies and strategies she is developing to advance equity and inclusion within a variety of neighborhoods.

Time:  October 3rd 2017, from 12:50-1:50 pm

Location: Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Community Center, Room 108- 11402 Bellflower Road

1 PD for students. 1 CEU (Alumni; $10, Non-alumni; $25)

Livestream is available. Boxed Lunch Included. RSVP at


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
smiling man holding framed award

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

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