Does subsidized housing ruin the neighborhood? In 1996 a professor of housing and two graduate students studied the impact of twenty-three subsidized multi-family projects developed by nonprofit community development corporations (CDCs) in the central neighborhoods of Minneapolis. They found that property values actually go up next to CDC housing projects, that crime goes down, and that the projects add to the stability of the neighborhood. Project residents, however, are more likely to be poor and to be people of color than the rest of the neighborhood and this may be the basis for opposition, by some, to subsidized housing. The study points to the huge need for more affordable housing in the central neighborhoods of the city. An article summarizing this full report appears in the April 1996 CURA Reporter.
Funded by the Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR) program
Goetz, Edward G; Lam, Hin Kin; Heitlinger, Anne.
There Goes the Neighborhood? The Impact of Subsidized Multi-Family Housing on Urban Neighborhoods..
Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota..
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