MHA's traditional public housing developments were located centrally, near downtown; interview respondents reported that most former residents have relocated primarily to the large communities of Hickory Hill (Southeast), Frayser (North), and Raleigh (Northeast), all of which are miles from the city center.
Our spatial analysis confirms this assessment. As illustrated by Map 4 (next page), Memphis households receiving MHA assistance are located throughout the city, although the households receiving assistance tend to be clustered in areas with very high poverty rates and high percentages of African American residents. As illustrated by Map 5 (next page), Households relocated from Lamar Terrace, Dixie Homes, and Cleaborn Homes (original locations shown in Map 3, below) are much more highly concentrated in their former neighborhoods than MHA voucher holders overall. However, while many have stayed near their original public housing location, others have moved to neighborhoods across the city, following similar patterns of dispersion to the overall population of voucher-assisted households (For more detailed mapping, see Attachment A, which provides a map with an overlay of locations of relocatee households and all current voucher holder households, and Attachment B, which provides a map with an overlay of locations of HOPE VI relocatees and poverty rate by Census tract). As shown in Map 6, HOPE VI relocatees who hold a housing choice voucher live in much more dispersed locations than relocatees overall.
Map 3. Original Homes of HOPE VI Relocatees
Map 4.- Location of All HCV Holder Households in Memphis
Map 5. Location of HOPE VI Relocatee Households in Memphis
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