Rymond-Richmond is interested in the effects that neighborhood characteristics can have on families in public housing within those neighborhoods. Recent trends in housing reform have focused on building “mixed-income” housing communities in the place of low-income housing. The idea driving this shift in housing policy is that low-income families will benefit from proximity to higher income families. As a Family Scholar, she will develop a grant proposal which will follow a group of families going through this process of “redevelopment” of public housing developments into mixed-income communities. The study will be an extension of Rymond-Richmond’s earlier work with researchers studying this neighborhood intervention on the Near West Side of Chicago. Her proposal will also address the role that higher income gentrification plays in the process of neighborhood change.
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