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Exploring the promise and limits of grassroots strategies for community organizing, development and planning, this book looks at how they can be used in the revitalization and maintenance of urban neighborhoods. The book presents a number of case studies from the United States, analyzing the reasons for success and failure, and concludes with recommendations in the form of a "tool kit" for planners and community leaders.
Chapter 7: Resident Management and Community Empowerment
Resident Management and Community Empowerment
The notion that residents living in public housing could successfully take control and manage the developments in which they live was especially popular in the 1980s and early 1990s, first being touted during the second Reagan administration and then heavily promoted by Jack Kemp, secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) during the Bush administration. Proponents of resident management argue that it leads to improved housing quality, more efficient and cost-effective housing management, and tenant empowerment.
The beginnings of resident management of public housing can be traced to the early 1970s, when it arose almost simultaneously at public housing in Boston and St. Louis. In Boston, residents at the 1, 100-unit Bromley-Heath development became ...