The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development seeks to address the problems of persistent and concentrated urban poverty and is dedicated to understanding how social and economic changes affect low-income communities and their residents. Based in Cleveland, the Center views the city as both a tool for building communities and producing change locally, and as a representative urban center from which nationally-relevant research and policy implications can be drawn.
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Mark Joseph Panelist on Mixed-Income Housing at NYC Healthy Housing Talk

Feb 10 2015

josephDr. Mark Joseph, faculty associate of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development and Director of the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities, will be a panelist at the Healthy Housing, Healthy Communities, Healthy Lives talk in New York City this Thursday. Dr. Joseph’s panel is on Building Community, Connecting to Service and Property Management: Testing a New Paradigm for Mixed-Income Housing.

“As most seasoned multi-family housing owners of privately-owned, subsidized housing know (for profit and not for profit), as challenging as it is to develop and finance housing, coping with the realities of people living together with radically different backgrounds, social norms, and household needs presents significant social, health, and other challenges. At the prompting of Richard Baron, McCormack Baron Salazar, Washington University’s George Warren Brown School of Social Work has been testing a new approach–training professionals who are skilled in property and people skills, professionals who are more able to help a community of divergent people thrive. This session explores the potential relevance of this approach to New York City.”

Dr. Joseph is joined by fellow panelists Richard Baron of McCormack Baron Salazar and Vicki Been of the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development; the panel is moderated by Paul C. Brophy of Brophy & Reilly LLC. The talk is being presented by the NYU Furman Center, Enterprise, and the George Warren Brown School of Social Work.

Mark Joseph on HuffPost Live discussion about mixed-income communities

Feb 6 2015

Huffpost Live picDirector of the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities (NIMC), Mark Joseph,  participated in a HuffPost Live  discussion called “Could Mixed-Income Housing Be Hurting Poor Boys?” on the benefits and challenges of mixed-income communities based on new research from Candice Odgers and colleagues at Duke University. Odgers’s research found boys in mixed-income communities exhibited more antisocial behavior than girls in the same environment and their peers in concentrated poverty.

Joseph argued that, while very important, the study findings need to be put in context of the benefits of moving to a safer, more stable environment with better neighborhood amenities such as schools. He also stated that the findings confirm that the move from a high-poverty community to a mixed-income environment alone is not sufficient for positive resident outcomes to be achieved and additional supports are needed for children and families. NIMC partner, Stephanie Anderson Garrett of The Community Builders, Inc., a national developer of mixed-income communities, also described the benefits of mixed-income housing for residents of their developments, in particular those developments where intensive social services are implemented.

David Crampton Discusses Benefits of Pay for Success in Plain Dealer

Jan 5 2015

Dr. David Crampton, Associate Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at the Mandel School, submitted the guest column “‘Pay for Success’ could benefit homeless families and Cuyahoga taxpayers” to the Cleveland Plain Dealer on December 31, 2014. Dr. Crampton discussed how the PFS program aims to reduce how long children with homeless caregivers will spend in foster care. This would both save tax dollars and show a more effective method to assist vulnerable families.

Partnering for Family Success, the first county-level PFS project in the country, was announced at a Chicago summit hosted by the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation in December. The program started on January 1.

The Poverty Center houses an Integrated Data System that was used to determine the overlap between the homeless and child welfare systems in Cuyahoga County as preliminary analyses to identify the initiative’s target population.  The Center is continuing to evaluate the success and outcomes of PFS.