Housing Assistance and Supportive Services in Memphis. INTRODUCTION

01/05/2013

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) entered into a contract with the Urban Institute and its subcontractor the University of Memphis to foster effective delivery of services to current and former recipients of housing assistance in Memphis. This work was intended to inform Memphis' Strong Cities, Strong Communities planning effort and includes: 1) an assessment of current conditions, challenges, and opportunities; and 2) dialogue with and technical assistance to local stakeholders who coordinate, fund, and provide services to high-needs Memphis residents who receive housing assistance funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Development (HUD). The project spanned 16 months (September 2011 through January 2013). This brief presents our final assessment of the needs of housing assistance recipients relocated through Memphis' HOPE VI initiatives as well as a discussion of future directions for service coordination and policy.

In 2011, the City of Memphis was selected for the White House Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) initiative. SC2 provides federal technical assistance to help cities access or leverage existing federal and local resources for community revitalization and to form new organizational connections on a federal and local level. One key goal of the SC2 initiative is to help to break down existing silos between local governments and federal departments. This project is intended to support that effort by providing information about programs for residents of assisted housing, particularly those who have been affected by Memphis' HOPE VI revitalization efforts.

As part of this work, the project assessed five research questions:

  1. What federally funded services are available and provided to current and former recipients of HUD-assisted housing in Memphis?
  2. What other types of services (e.g., local government, privately funded) are available to assist these former residents? Are these coordinated with the federally supported service system?
  3. What barriers do stakeholders in Memphis identify for the effective delivery of supportive services to HOPE VI relocatees? How do these barriers differ among residents who have relocated with vouchers, those who moved to new mixed income housing, and those who remain in traditional public housing or project-based Section 8 housing?
  4. How has any relocation of individuals and families from public housing facilities to other housing types affected access and use of federally funded supportive services?
  5. How can providers in Memphis improve the effectiveness of service provision to HOPE VI relocatees, regardless of their current housing assistance status?

 

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