MIDS

We are in the process of building a new website for the Mixed-Income Communities Study. If you need to contact someone immediately, please contact the Principle Investigator:

Robert Chaskin, Professor and Deputy Dean for Strategic Initiatives.
He holds the UNESCO Chair for Inclusive Urbanism at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration
rjc3@uchicago.edu

Building Mixed-Income Communities: Documenting the Experience in Chicago Mixed-Income Development Study

The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration received funding from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for this three-year research study that was launched at three new mixed-income developments in November 2006. The study has two primary purposes:

  1. To investigate the community-building strategies implemented to create well-functioning communities within and around the new mixed-income developments.
  2. To understand the perspectives and experiences of residents who move into the new mixed-income developments, and the ways in which living in these communities is affecting their lives.

The goal of the research study is to inform a broad audience—including the developers and their social service partners, the Chicago Housing Authority, other community and public agency stakeholders, and other local and national practitioners and policymakers—about the early unfolding of and emerging lessons from the mixed-income component of the Plan for Transformation.

Mixed-Income Development Model
Mixed-income developments are being built in Chicago and across the country as a strategy to help address poverty and rebuild communities in the inner city. Mixed-income development aims to attract middle-income families to the site of former public housing developments, while retaining a portion of the low-income population, by demolishing the buildings and rebuilding high quality housing.

The city of Chicago has been the site of an unprecedented public-private sector partnership since 1999, through which all high-rise public housing developments across the city have been demolished, public housing residents have been dispersed throughout the metropolitan area, and ten new mixed-income developments are being created that will ultimately contain over 16,000 units of housing. The new developments are home to owners and renters, and include a mix of market-rate, affordable, and public housing units.