Flawed Policy Assumptions and HOPE VI
The policy assumption that it is necessary to place middle-income families into lower-income neighborhoods to disrupt a culture of poverty is deeply flawed. To demonstrate this flaw, a HOPE VI redevelopment project located in the Northwest is profiled. Collective efficacy, which includes social capital, social networks and social control, and self-sufficiency, existed in this multiethnic public housing before HOPE VI. The findings demonstrate that these families experienced a sense of place and a strong work ethic with similar societal values as other income groups in this society.
Journal of Poverty
Laakso, Janice H., "Flawed Policy Assumptions and HOPE VI" (2013). Social Work Publications. 324.
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