The National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities has released its
first State of the Field scan on Social Dynamics in Mixed-Income Developments. This report is the first effort to conduct data collection across a broad set of mixed-income developments nationwide. The focus of this first state of the field scan is on the topic of "social dynamics" in mixed-income developments including issues of social interaction, community building, social control and governance. This scan is based on information from 31 developments across the country.
Mark Joseph, Director of NIMC and Associate Professor at The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, wrote a summative piece in the latest Cityscape Symposium on the Mixed Messages on Mixed Incomes. He asserts that the literature on poverty deconcentration consists of two main policy approaches, dispersal and mixed-income, and fundamental questions still remain even after 20 years of research on poverty deconcentration efforts.
Developing Choice Neighborhoods: An Early Look at Implementation in Five Sites - Interim Report
The Urban Institute recently released an interim report for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on the first five implementation sites for the Choice Neighborhoods program. Mark Joseph and NIMC are part of the national evaluation team conducting preliminary research on this federal mixed-income housing program. The Choice Neighborhoods program supports local collaborations to redevelop distressed public housing projects while supporting the transformation of the surrounding neighborhoods into vibrant mixed-income communities.