HOPE VI Projects Help Dissolve Crime

by Shilpi Paul

HOPE VI Projects Help Dissolve Crime: Figure 1
Sheridan Station, a HOPE VI project

Atlantic Cities recently analyzed a new study from the Urban Institute, which determined that crime around HOPE VI projects doesn’t just move, it disappears.

HOPE VI grants are HUD’s attempt to rectify the problems caused by the old public housing model, which created pockets of low income housing that lacked accessibility and were often breeding grounds for crime. The grants help developers turn public housing into more desirable mixed-income housing, giving lower income residents access to neighbors who could help them find work and hopefully a better chance to pull themselves out of poverty. The projects are more consciously integrated into the larger neighborhood, emphasizing higher-quality materials, green space and maintenance of private units.

Over the past decade, DC has become one of the largest beneficiaries of HOPE VI grants in the country, second only to Chicago. Projects exist in Anacostia, near the Navy Yard and in Marshall Heights, among other areas.

The Urban Institute study looked at crime in the areas surrounding three projects, two in DC — the Capper/Carollsburg housing project, which became Capitol Quarter, and Capitol Gateway — and one in Milwaukee.

From Atlantic Cities:

In both cities, the researchers watched crime fall – at the sites themselves and in the neighborhoods around them. The crime, in other words, didn’t just relocate. Much of it disappeared. This process took longer in Milwaukee, but the fact that it eventually happened there, too – when the population of residents largely remained the same – underscores the impact of changing the places themselves. Hope VI didn’t make these projects safer merely by breaking up the concentration of crime that had developed in them.

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  1. Jay said at 10:55 pm on Wednesday January 11, 2012:
    Is it a HOPE VI grant for what they are doing with the Park-Morton complex on GA in Parkview?
  1. Shilpi said at 12:19 am on Thursday January 12, 2012:
    Hi Jay, Park Morton got a small ($400,000) HOPE VI planning grant, but is part of the city's "New Communities" initiative, which tries to do essentially the same thing with private investments. Shilpi Reporter
  1. Katherine said at 4:50 pm on Thursday January 12, 2012:
    Is there any possibility that Potomac Gardens or Hopkins would be replaced with a HOPE VI project?
  1. Ed said at 3:39 am on Saturday January 14, 2012:
    These "researchers" don't know what they are talking about. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/crime-scene/clarence-williams/new-year-old-concerns-remain-a.html http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xhoa2d_se-henson-ridge-experiment-continues-to-be-a-nightmare_news
  1. TIGRAN HAAS said at 5:45 pm on Thursday February 20, 2014:
    YES THEY DO! Most of the HOPE VI projects have made life better for the people and that is a fact,,,so many reports have been written about it and so much data there is plus this is a complext issue but it is obvious that urban form and human behavior are corrolated and urban form and crime prevention are also - Oscar Newman showed this decades ago...

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