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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Dismantling the Towers: Mark Joseph in Chicago Reporter

Mar 24 2015

Mark Joseph is ChicagoReporter_Winter2015_cover_72dpifeatured in the Chicago Reporter article “Dismantling the towers” about the transformation of the public housing complex Henry Horner Homes into the mixed-income development named Westhaven Park. Joseph and his colleagues at the University of Chicago have researched Westhaven Park and similar mixed-income developments in Chicago for over 10 years. Their research has shown that tensions between public housing residents and homeowners tend to be stoked by limited interaction. These types of tensions are referred to as us vs. them dynamics. Instead of leading to exchange of resources or job opportunities these restricted “hi, bye” interactions perpetuate a sense of exclusion and isolation between higher-income and lower-income residents. Joseph says it is easier to build housing than community within mixed-income developments. Despite the challenge, building community is an essential component of the developments’ ultimate success.

NEO CANDO Data Used to Study Tax Lien Certificates in Cuyahoga County

Mar 18 2015

The Vacant and Abandoned Properties Action Council (VAPAC), a coalition in Cuyahoga County Ohio “dedicated to sharing information and collaboratively developing solutions to the challenges created by foreclosure and vacant property,” recently released a report focusing on tax lien certificates throughout Cleveland and Cuyahoga County.

The report, enabled by extensive property-level information available through NEO CANDO, examines the prevalence of tax lien certificates in municipalities of Cuyahoga County and neighborhoods of Cleveland, effectiveness of the tax lien certificate purchaser in collecting on the tax debt owed, and characteristics of properties with tax lien certificates such as vacancy, condemnation, and blight.

Recommendations are offered to new County executive Armond Budish on ways to improve the use of tax lien certificates to reduce potential harm to neighborhoods resulting from tax lien certificate foreclosure, property abandonment, and blight.

See the map for a breakout of tax lien certificates sold in 2011, 2012, and the first half of 2013 by municipality and Cleveland neighborhood.

View the full report.

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.