The guidelines and case studies presented in this guide focus specifically on housing projects for low income communities. It must be acknowledged that there are other, sometimes more successful, methods of housing low income residents, such as mixed use or mixed income developments. A wide array of design guidelines exist for those mixed use, mixed income developments already. However, development focused entirely on low income housing exists, and continues to be built. Very few guidelines exist for these types of developments, and this guide is a response to that need.