Is there a discussion somewhere here about other cities' experiences with HUD and Hope VI projects?
ALL of this city's public housing has been declared non-conforming by the Feds (meaning that costs of rehabbing the units would be too high - the method used for determining these costs is also problemmatic) and we now have to rebuild all of them in the Hope VI model.
Well many of us have come to the realization that the Hope VI model does not best serve the lowest income residents in our community. These people are effectively edged out of the last option that was available to them, due to stricter rules that are designed to make the "mixed income" scenario work.
Ironically (or not), these sites also happen to be prime real estate now that people are moving back downtown. The market rate component of the model does not need that much coercing to buy into these developments.