Bringing HOPE to Portland
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In 1992 Congress established the Urban Revitalization Demonstration Program commonly referred to as HOPE VI. Stated goals of the HOPE VI program are to demolish, rehabilitate and revitalize some of the most distressed public housing projects in the nation. The HOPE VI program is the latest federal attempt to solve some of the problems associated with low-income public housing. These problems include, but are not limited to, public housing units in disrepair, concentrated poverty, neighborhood blight and gang and drug related activity. This paper provides a history of both federal low-income housing policy and local low- income housing policy in Portland, Oregon. The paper then examines the HOPE VI program and analyzes whether the criticisms of the federal HOPE VI program apply to Portland’s completed HOPE VI project, New Columbia.