Attempts to Change Public Housing Residents’ Behaviors and Aspirations - A HOPE VI Neighborhood Run by a Phantom Homeowners’ Association
24 Pages Posted: 2 Sep 2016
Date Written: September 1, 2016
The goals of HOPE VI housing virtually mandate that property managers attempt to change the norms and behaviors of residents, but most studies of the program seem to avoid this subject. This study examines the transcripts from 23 residents of an established HOPE VI housing development to better understand how residents experience any efforts of management to change their behaviors and aspirations. Based on their responses, residents clearly believe that management has, indeed, enacted rules and procedures designed to change behaviors and aspirations. Residents experienced these actions as paternalistic, and many of the rules resemble those enacted by homeowners’ associations. Reactions to these rules are mixed, but residents tended to appreciate many of the results of these efforts (e.g. clean and quiet surroundings) and, overall, interviewees tended to focus more on positive experiences than negative ones.
Keywords: development/revitalization, HOPE VI, low-income housing, public housing
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