The potential and pitfalls of redevelopment plans

Some argue that redevelopment of public housing allows some to use housing vouchers to rent private units or get out of dangerous environments.

But other housing experts claim that displacement can be detrimental. “Relocation often destroys the social networks that low-income families depend upon for survival, and it can take years to rebuild those networks in a new location,” says Robert Damewood, an attorney who represents many residents of a demolished housing project in Pittsburgh.

Check out how Miami redevelopment plan shows potential, and pitfalls, for public housing!

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