Over the past 20 years, numerous public housing authorities have used HOPE VI grants to demolish some of the most dilapidated and dangerous public housing developments in the country and rehouse residents in new units in mixed income developments and in the private market with Housing Choice Vouchers (HCVs or vouchers). The Memphis Housing Authority (MHA) has received five HOPE VI grants since 1995, the most recent in 2010 (for the Cleaborn Homes housing development). In 2011, the MHA received a Choice Neighborhoods Planning grant (the successor program to HOPE VI) for the Foote Homes, its last remaining family public housing development. In 2012, the MHA applied for an implementation grant to conduct work designed during the planning grant, but was not selected.
Our project has focused on households receiving MHA housing assistance, and in particular, those relocated from public housing developments in the most recent three HOPE VI relocations, including Cleaborn Homes (relocations in 2010), Dixie Homes (2008), and Lamar Terrace (2003). Residents relocated from these distressed public housing developments are particularly high need; those who were most able moved elsewhere as conditions deteriorated. In addition, relocation may have removed access to services, resources, and transportation networks that these residents relied on previously. MHA provided case management, relocation, and post-relocation services through Memphis HOPE, an independent non-profit that is part of Urban Strategies' national service network for housing redevelopment initiatives. Memphis HOPE was created in 2006, funded by the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis. Figure 1 (below) shows the original locations of the last three developments for which MHA received HOPE VI grants (and from which it relocated residents) as well as the location of Foote Homes.
"Memphis Final Brief.pdf" (pdf, 717.21Kb)
"Appendix A-Focus Group Materials.pdf" (pdf, 174.61Kb)
"Appendix B-Maps.pdf" (pdf, 3.81Mb)